Tap into this post to read about some of our sightseeing, fun facts, travel tips and many pictures of our time in the Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand. We encourage you to get out and see the world if you are able, and if not, we will bring it to you through our posts. We hope you enjoy!
The flag of the Shire represents a fictional village featured in JRR Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books, brought to life via blockbuster films directed by native New Zealander Peter Jackson.
A Day in ‘The Shire’
One of the highlights of our New Zealand cruise was an excursion to Matamata on New Zealand’s North Island to visit Hobbiton, the movie set for ‘The Shire’ featured in Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. So here’s me, a relatively conservative 50-something professional man, ridiculously excited about visiting a fictitious place where a band of sawed-off barefoot hobbits lived out in the middle of nowhere. I remember feeling a little silly on the bus ride out, especially since Nina had never seen the films and did not share in my enthusiasm, however she was going with an open mind. Upon arriving we were not disappointed. As with the epic films, the movie set was created with impeccable detail and quality. The Hobbit houses built into the hill and their little gardens were very well done. The Green Dragon Inn was especially detailed and even offered its own brand of ale. It was a great day, and to top it off, Nina wanted to see the films as soon as we were done!
— We visited Hobbiton in December (summertime Down Under) and the weather was hit-or-miss; as you can see from the pics above, one minute it was dark clouds, then sunshine the next so be prepared
— The Kiwi people have their own unique version of the English language; we recommend the Handy Guide… book listed below
— Upon exiting the cruise ship, there is a large tent with a number of private tours to attractions in the area. We booked a private tour to Hobbiton from Tauranga and were thoroughly pleased with our experience
Facts & Figures
— Hobbiton was initially built in 1999 for the filming of The Lord of the Rings trilogy; then in 2010, Hobbiton was rebuilt as a permanent film set for The Hobbit film trilogy
— Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films is a native of New Zealand
— Matamata is a Maori word for ‘headland’; the countryside in Matamata where Hobbiton is located is primarily rolling hills and farmland; quite a beautiful location
— In 2012 the New Zealand government minted commemorative coins depicting characters from the LOTR and Hobbit films
If you are a world trekker like us and want to become more ‘worldly’, then you will want to try our books below. Thanks to the former British Empire and current Commonwealth, the English language is widely spoken across the world, however it is spoken quite differently depending on where you are traveling. We believe the books below are essential to worldly trekkers and think you will find them both fun and informative. The books include a dictionary of everyday words and phrases, traditional cuisine, some history and culture, and other handy information.
Simply click on the book covers below to find out more:
Colossians 1:17 – New Living Translation (NLT)
17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
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