This weekend, Michael and I decided that it was finally time for a trip to Hobbiton. One of the most visited tourist attractions in the whole country, Hobbiton, New Zealand is the filming location for the little Hobbit village in Lord of the Rings. I was ready to see all of the little hobbit homes, and planning to find the cutest one to live out the rest of my days.
Hobbiton, New Zealand
We booked a tour for 4:50 PM on a Saturday. I figured this would be a good time for lighting, plus it was one of the few time slots still available when we booked the day before. We decided to make a day of it. Waking up early, we got a coffee and hit the road, heading first to Bridal Veil Falls. After admiring the falls, we had a quick lunch in Raglan, then booked it to Hobbiton.
We arrived right before our tour time. It is absolutely necessary to book a tour if you want to see Hobbiton, and most tours sell out a few days in advance. If you’re particular about time, try to book more than one day in advance. Tickets will set you back $80 each.
We drove up to The Shire, checked in, and hopped on a bus to head to Hobbiton. The bus ride was educational; we were shown a film which explained how the land was found and how it was chosen to be part of the movie series.
After disembarking, we were led through the winding paths filled with hobbit holes by our guide, Kimberly. She told us some fun facts (did you know you’d have to be 5’4″ or shorter to be cast as a hobbit?!) and gave us plenty of time to get all the photos we wanted.
Michael and I found our dream home, complete with a round blue door and a flower garden.
Hobbiton, New Zealand: The Green Dragon
After one hour and too many photos, Kimberley gently steered us toward my new favorite pub: the Green Dragon. Pre-tour, I had no idea that we would get to enjoy an alcoholic beverage during the next two hours. Dreams came true on this sunny Saturday in Hobbiton, New Zealand.
We ordered up two brews and found a sturdy table.
The folks taking care of Hobbiton also brew the beer on site. They have a selection of four brews on tap. I went with the amber ale.
Can you tell I liked it??
Even though it was a warm sunny day, the fireplace was burning, and the Irish music was blaring. The little pub was bustling, the tables were filled, and there was laughter in the air. Sorry Disneyland, I think I’ve found the new happiest place on Earth.
As my time in New Zealand is coming to an end, I’m planning the last of my weekend trips around the country. Hobbiton had been on my New Zealand bucket list for a while, and I couldn’t be happier that I finally made it there.
What is the first place you’d visit in New Zealand?