A land of hobbit houses, brightly painted doors, whimsical times and underground landscapes is myth no longer. The created world of Middle Earth exists on the North Island of New Zealand. Hobbiton is the place where fairytales of lords, rings, hobbits, green dragons, and delicious ale are not only real; they are a legend.
The first stop on the tour and most photographed hobbit house in all of Hobbiton.
Look for Pickles, the luckiest cat of all of Middle Earth, who lives at Hobbiton.
It’s all in the details. During your visit be sure to look for the clues which give away which hobbit lives where.
Most of the houses are off limits to entry. Don’t be discouraged because remember this is the outdoor set, not the indoor one.
One house is available for entry. I will say the interior isn’t what you expect, but the house does make for some cute photos. (Matt’s parents)
The chess masters playground. Remember it’s all in the details.
The yellow door house seems to get the most press, but the house everyone wants to see is Bilbo Baggins’ home. The green door and fake tree are dead giveaways.
If your group isn’t large, there are a few props and locations to play up your own Hobbiton character.
The landscaping for each house is unique to each hobbit. The flowers, trees, bushes were all brought in for the movie and are now maintained on a daily basis.
Hobbits need clean clothes, too. Do you recognize those trousers?
The lay of the land. The Green Dragon is located on the opposite side of the water.
A better view of Bilbo Baggins’ green door.
Take a turn at a Maypole dance in the festival area.
The mailboxes in Hobbiton are as cute as the houses.
The flowers around Hobbiton are beautiful.
Right or left? Tough decision.
1 of 2 notice boards for anyone looking for a job or needing to buy anything.
Try your hand at driving the wagon with imaginary horse or cattle (of course).
The legendary Green Dragon Inn.
Fancy a warm up in front of the roaring fire in the Green Dragon Inn?
Don’t forget to look up when in the Green Dragon Inn.
The best reason to visit the Green Dragon Inn is the ALE. We tried the Oatbarton (dark), Girdley (light) and Frogmorton Ginger (non-alcoholic). All were quite good, but the Oatbarton was our favorite.
The locals like to stay awhile and make an evening of it.
For an extra fee, you can try the beef and ale pie or various menu items at the Green Dragon Inn. Definitely worth it!
Need a job or supplies? Check out the notice boards by the boat house or in the Green Dragon Inn for latest opportunities.
Claire was our private tour guide for the morning. She was absolutely awesome! She was fun, knowledgeable and her enthusiasm for her job was contagious.
View of the lake with the Green Dragon Inn to the left.
Lakeshore hobbit hole properties. Now those are some prime real estate locations.
Fishermen’s catch of the day can be viewed on the side of the lake. Maybe one of Hobbiton’s more lucrative jobs.
Tips for a Better Visit
If you have time before your visit, brush up on your Lord of the Rings knowledge. It’s fun to visualize the little tidbits from the movie your guide will give you throughout your tour.
Splurge and book the first private tour of the day. You get the whole property to yourself for a good 10 minutes or longer, and it’s glorious!
If you can’t afford or don’t have an interest in the private tour, book yourself for the first public tour of the day. Thousands of people visit Hobbiton a day. Booking early decreases the chance of numerous people in your photos.
How to get there: http://www.hobbitontours.com/getting-here/
When to Go: Tours times vary depending on depart location and type of tour. Check Hobbiton’s website for details.
Prices: $79 NZD and up/adults 16+; $39.50 NZD and up/child 9-16; FREE child 0-8. Prices vary depending on tour departure, type of tour, and public/private options.
Restaurant and Museum: Food is available at the Green Dragon Inn and The Shire’s Rest Cafe. If you are on a tour your time at the Green Dragon Inn is usually limited, check with your tour guide. The Shire’s Rest Cafe is open seven days a week, from 8.30am to 4.30pm (extended hours in summer).
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