Yes, my quest to Middle Earth has begun...
"But then something happened that the Ring did not intend. It was picked up but the most unlikely creature imaginable. A hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, of the Shire. For the time will soon come when hobbits will shape the fortunes of all…"
Today was the perfect day to come to Hobbiton, honestly it was so clear and bright you could see over miles of rolling hills from Bagend. You could really see why they chose to set the movies here in Waikato.
It is seriously cute here, with miniature everything, even little ladders against little apple trees. And so perfectly maintained, there are gardeners out everyday keeping the illusion intact. There's a guide to bring you around and let you in on the secrets of Hobbiton.
While almost everything is real, unfortunately the Hobbit Holes are not. You can only go inside 2 of about 25 of them and it's basically just an earthy hallway with wooden supports. The magic sort of dissipates when you see whats behind the little round door.
They are rumoured to be building a real Hobbit Hole with a full interior, but how true this is I don't know. But it's still cute.
At the top of the hill you finally make it to Bagend, home of the Baggins'... They weren't home.
You end the Hobbiton experience with "pints" (Hobbit-sized pints) at The Green Dragon. The pub was just a set front for the trilogy but was entirely built for The Hobbit and it is amazing inside. Entirely made by New Zealand craftsmanship the depth of detail is beautiful.
The Green Dragon is a fully licensed pub and restaurant with a modern kitchen hidden behind those shutters. You can hire it for small parties and the are in the process of wiring up the hobbit holes with electricity so you can look out on the illuminated hills of Hobbiton. There are going to be a crazy amount of weird themed weddings going on here.
My favourite sign 'Fiddle around'...
'Remember what bilbo used to say: 'It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.'"