Yes, the time has come for me to share my epic adventure at the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. For the Lord of the Rings, fans visiting Hobbiton is definitely a bucket list must see. The set itself is detailed, authentic, and impeccably well kept. Even as a novice fan like myself, I was very excited to see the set. The excitement is heavy and palpable in the air.
Since this is a huge tourist destination, I’ll warn you that the tours cover ground in a limited amount of time. Since I was in a big group, it was difficult for everyone to get a picture with every Hobbit’s house we looked at.
When we were heading to the set and the introduction video started showing clips of the Hobbit movie, I couldn’t help but think, “It won’t be as good as it looks in the films that would be impossible. I’m sure they have camera tricks and CGI up their sleeves.” Boy was I wrong! The Hobbit’s houses were extremely impressive and individually made for each community member. Whether it was the baker or the fisher, small details, like the fishing stick set aside or a collection of bread under a striped stand, every little detail was thought of. General neighborhood details, like the community gardens, surrounding fences, and individual architecture were made to perfection.
Believe it or not, the best part of the tour is the moment after the tour where you can go to the local pub. That’s right! You can try the beer, cider, or non-alcoholic ginger beer that is traditionally available to the hobbits. It was one of the happiest moments I had in New Zealand. Sitting on the wooden chairs looking out at the small lake, talking with friends, and relishing the sight of the hobbit houses sprinkled along the hills.
The artists and florists that helped design the set aught to be so proud of themselves. It is nothing short of a masterpiece and completely worth the time, effort, and money.