Discovering the Hobbiton Village

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something…You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

Wishing all a very Happy New Year 2019 and may it be exciting, adventurous and filled with laughter, love and luck! Above all, let it be full of pleasant surprises, like the dialogue (mentioned above) from “Hobbit” reflects.

Many of you must be familiar with either the book ‘Hobbit’ or its blockbuster movies The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. I am a big fan of the Hobbit movies and was so thrilled to visit its set at New Zealand in 2016. I took maybe over 1000 pics of the place (my record best in 4 hours)! I am now wondering why I never wrote anything about one of my favourite place?! So, this post is to set the mistake right, and give you a truthful insight into ‘Hobbiton’!

How To Reach?

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You can take an amazing drive from Queenstown through rolling hills dotted with fluffy sheeps. On the way you will pass glowworm cave, horse ranches and breathtaking greenery and landscapes.
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Or you can have a swag and catch the helicopter ride from Queenstown. It will flyover amazing sights and you might even see a rainbow over the waterfalls!

 

What Makes It Remarkable?

The ‘Hobbiton Movies Set’ at New Zealand was actually the movie set for the ‘Hobbit’’s first movie, however, after the movie was made they didn’t dismantle the whole thing and converted it into this amazing walk-though fun place. Its remarkable to see that how much hard-work goes into making a movie, and you can see it in each and every detail.

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The fencings wear an old worn-out look, but they are not really old bust has been painted upon to make them look so…
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That huge dominating tree at top of the hillock… is FAKE! It took 2 years to make to its tiniest details but shown in the movie for maybe 30 seconds max.! Talk about dedication to details!
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Those breads are for sale – FAKE
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Each Hobbit house has been made with such minute details that only seeing is believing. Furthermore, the houses/holes are of different scale and dimensions to represent the various height variations of characters of the movies! Science in action?

What Else To Do?

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Enjoy the sound and sight of the vast openness and the crisp fresh air!
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Enjoy a cup of apple cider or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn

What Else To Know?

 

How to reach?

You can drive down from Queenstown, Auckland, Rotorua or from Matamata itself.

Tickets?

The approx. costs are as follows –
  • Adult (17 years and over) – $84.00
  • Youth (9-16 years) – $42.00
  • Youth 14 years or younger – $0.00
  • Child (0-8 years) – $0.00
Category 3 & 4 must have ticket allocated prior to arrival and be accompanied by a full paying adult.

Discovering Hobbiton Village @ainfinitestep

So, we say adieu here with this interesting words from one of my favourite books ‘Hobbit’, “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

 

55 Comments Add yours

  1. Ms.Arriaga.M says:

    Wow, that’s pretty interesting they left it that way for viewing. Looks all cool and cozy too. It’s a place I would visit!

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    1. I’m sure you like it

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  2. Natalie says:

    This looks so fun! I’ve always been a big fan of both Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, along with Australia and New Zealand. I hope to someday make it over there!

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    1. My New Year wish to you is that you get to visit New Zealand and this beautiful place

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  3. What a wonderful place!

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  4. I own both Trilogies and have watched them so many times that I can quote the dialogue. Beatiful pictures, I can’t believe that you took close to 1000. Sounds like it was an awesome trip.

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    1. I loved those books too and it was so amazing to see it come alive in front of my own nice

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  5. Clare Kennedy says:

    oh this is stunning! what an amazing experience. i still remember how i felt watching that movie when it first came out in the theaters. just wonderful!

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    1. Than you will love visiting this place😊

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  6. This is so cool!! I love all of the pictures and that the prices are included! Thank you for this.

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment and the pleasure is mine

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  7. leah says:

    wow what a neat place to see!

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    1. It is amazing place and very tranquil

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  8. Summer Mitch Ryan says:

    Certainly interesting! I have seen all Lords of the Ring installment. I surely love it, boy what a treat if I get to visit this place too.

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    1. You will absolutely love it

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  9. crisshex88 says:

    A place where I would miss and never come back. Rich in meaning in the literary history that you breathe in the places that represent them …

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  10. Wow! How awesome that they left the set in tact for visitors. It looks so natural in that setting

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  11. joancajic says:

    Looks so beautiful and so real, I need to visit this place every time I see it it reminds of saying “my precious” creepy voice lol.

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    1. Oh god That was creepy 😄

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  12. PinayOdyssey says:

    Looks like a wonderful set to visit! Kids would surely enjoy. Hopefully, I’d also manage to visit a movie set (for the first time in Easter, Harry Potter studio in London). Cheers to more travels!

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    1. Cheers to more travel 🧳

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  13. This looks like such a beautiful and untouched place. The cottage just so amazing. Great post, thanks for sharing!

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  14. Jessica Lyles, LMSW says:

    I wasnt able to see the movie but I did read the books. I think it is awesome the village leaves it untouched.

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  15. New Zealand truly has some of the most remarkable landscapes in the world. Thanks for the amazing review of this special spot in the world

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  16. Oh my goodness how beautiful! I would love to see this. I have always been a fan of the Hobbit and LOTR so seeing this is total bucket list!

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    1. Make to it someday 😊

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  17. I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand and to see Hobbiton. I think it is so cool that they kept the movie set after the shooting was done.

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  18. This is totally on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. This is awesome! The Lord of the Rings is my favorite movie, I’ve seen it waaaayyy too many times to count. My boyfriend and I are looking to take our first international trip together to New Zeland just to see Hobbiton!

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    1. I am so excited for you both

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  20. Fatima D Torres says:

    A trip via the helicopter sounds tempting. Might have to look into this whenever we’re in town.

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    1. That would be cool 😎

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  21. It would be so fun to explore this movie set. I would love to go inside the hobbit homes.

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    1. It’s practically empty n ends few inches from the door 😄

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  22. wanderwithola says:

    Awww I’ve been planning to visit the Hobbiton Village since the day I watched the movie. This place looks amazing. You’ve captured quite a bunch of awesome photos!

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    1. Thank you so much ☺️

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  23. Mom Life Optimized says:

    I am so glad that some places are protected so we can still see the history and reflect on those things.

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  24. I still have yet to visit New Zealand. It’s so close to me and just haven’t made it over there. I would love to visit Hobbiton.

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  25. Ruth I says:

    I honestly haven’t watched any of it yet but this place is interesting! I am sure it would be fun to visit!

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  26. Adaleta Avdić says:

    I feel like my fiance would love this as he loves Lord of the Rings. So cool!

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  27. How fun!! I love these movies as well, so I know I would LOVE visiting here as well! It’s definitely on my list if we ever make it to that part of the world.

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  28. Monique Starks says:

    Wow, I would loooooove to visit this place. The scenery in these movies are always so beautiful. It’s one of the main reasons why I love watching The Hobbit and other fantasy movies. So glad you could visit.

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  29. This has been in my bucket list for so long. New Zealand as a whole and not just Hobbiton. Sigh….

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  30. London Mumma says:

    What an amazing place and so glad they kept it. Great for people who like me love rhe movie.

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  31. I have never been here but really dreaming of ticking it off on my bucket list. Hopefully this year I could schedule a vacation.

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  32. DrKLeeBanks says:

    Oh, wow, how fun this would be to visit this village! I’ve watched the movies, so it would be really exciting to see the site in person!

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  33. Looks so amazing what a wonderful place to visit. Your pictures are so nice.

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