I arrived in Auckland from Los Angeles ready for a month of adventure. I had no plans for New Zealand. So what happened next was completely by chance.
I bumped into a Lord of the Rings-fan who told me in detail where he was going in New Zealand and all the locations he had been obsessing about for years. Because Auckland was clearly one of the dreariest places I've been, I booked a train ticket to Hamilton the same day to leave the morning after. Not an attraction itself, Hamilton is a gateway to Matamata and Hobbiton, where Bilbo Baggins celebrates his 111th birthday and farewell party.
Even though I'm not a huge Lord of the Rings fan myself, it seemed like a fun thing to do, at least a couple of movie locations. Matamata is the cutest little town and close to the Alexander farm where Hobbiton was filmed. The Alexander farm arranges tours several times a day, and this is the only way to visit the area.
|A hobbit hole after filming was over.|
Don't get too excited though: Because of copyright the farm can't actually portray Hobbiton with its splendor from the movies. For example the hobbit holes are just simple holes in the ground, deprived of the flowers and that certain hobbitness pictured on their web-page.
The area is still pretty though, and part of the tour is a visit to the farm for chillaxing with adorable lambs and sheep-shearing on the spot.(I didn't mind that the sheep shearer was a hunk either) Hobbit or no hobbit; the Hobbiton tour is a true Kiwi experience.
|A beautiful view of the area from inside a hobbit hole.|