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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hobbit Photos from the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand

13.11.12 Update: View my story and photos for The SyFy Channel's Blastr.

The Shire. The Lake at Hobbiton Movie Set. Bag end sits at the top of the hill in the middle, overlooking the lake. Hobbit holes below.

In January I visited the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand, while staying in Rotorua. The cast and crew had stopped filming just a few weeks earlier, and were now on their Christmas holidays. It was an amazing experience. I couldn't believe I was allowed to just walk through Hobbiton, recreated as it appeared, in the very same spot in Lord of the Rings, and will appear on screen again in December 2012. I was just informed that my confidentiality agreement has been lifted, so I'm happy to give you a little iPhone preview of my adventure.

THE Bag End.
 Just think, Bilbo and Gandalf could have stood in this very same pile of sheep poop.

 Hobbit homes built by Guillermo del Toro, which won't actually appear in the finished film.

A giant sneaks into the shire. 

I'm not sure if I'll fit. 

Gandalf, Bilbo, Frodo, the whole lot of dwarves... 
they all passed along these very same lanes. 

The view from Bag End, what Gandalf and Bilbo really saw as they blew smoke rings. 

The set is located on a working sheep farm. Be sure to have a browse through the gift shop with quality replicas and souvenirs made by the same folks at Weta Workshop who made the movie props.

Seems like every tour in New Zealand ends with a sheep shearing!

You too can now visit the Hobbiton Movie Set. Book your tour at:

Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours
The Shires Rest Cafe
501 Buckland Rd
Matamata 3472
New Zealand
Ph: +64 (7) 888 1505

Visit Tourism New Zealand’s website for more information too:

Book a Rotorua hotel with my trusted parter, Agoda:

As always, photos here are copyright Adam Bray 2012 and may not be republished without permission. Photos are published here with authorization.

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