Hobbiton Movie Set is a Real Life Version of Middle-Earth You Can Visit

Though The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies are over, that doesn't mean we have to stop celebrating the franchise. And for die-hard fans, there's always Hobbiton to visit. The former movie set is located in Matamata, a small agricultural town in the Waikato region of New Zealand.

Since filming, it was turned into a spectacular permanent attraction that's complete with 44 unique Hobbit holes, a double arched bridge, and The Green Dragon Inn and Bar. Tours are available, and they begin at a picturesque 1,250-acre sheep farm and pass through the 12-acre site that's home to Hobbiton. The knowledgeable guides share fascinating details of how the set was created. Afterwards, you can dine at the specially-recreated Green Dragon Bar on traditional Hobbit fare and craft beer.

Matamata is about two hours from the major city of Auckland. If you want to make a weekend of it, accomodations are available on nearby farms, giving you a taste of the rural community. Considering how gorgeous these photos look, you'll definitely want to spend ample time taking in the pastoral beauty.

Photo credit: Trey Ratcliff

Hobbiton Tours website
via [Twisted Sifter]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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