HOBBITON

This tree is not one of the famous trees of the world. But more people have viewed it than have viewed the fifteen famous trees. It is the ‘Party Tree’ of the hobbits. They gathered under it to celebrate festivals with music and dance and drinks and feast on delicacies. It featured in the two highest grossing films in the history of world cinema: Hobbit trilogy ($ 2.932 bn) and Lord of the Rings trilogy ($ 2.91 bn).

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Hobbits, as you know, are the fictional, diminutive, humanoid race which lived in the lands of Middle-earth from about 5000 BCE to early 1900s.

In 1998, director of the two hobbit films, Sir Peter Jackson, found fertile green paddocks on a quiet back country road in New Zealand and there created Hobbiton. It was a movie set depicting the hobbits’ home or “hobbit-holes” – the underground homes, notable for their round doors and windows, in hillsides, downs, and banks – where the hobbits lived. From 2009 to 2011, Hobbiton was rebuilt out of permanent materials for the second hobbit film: The Hobbit Trilogy.

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Unlike other movie sets, Hobbiton was not dismantled after the two movies were made. Instead, it became one of New Zealand’s most visited tourist attractions: since 2002, more than one million people have visited it.

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After walking around the 12 acre Hobbiton with 2.3 km of hedges and gardens and 44 ‘hobbit holes’ each with 30 – 200 plants around it, you will need to quench your  thirst.

And at the bottom of the hill by the side of the lake you will find the Green Dragon Inn that serves from barrels behind the bar traditional ales, cider and non-alcoholic ginger beer, all brewed exclusively for Hobbiton.

Hobbiton: a must see for any tourist to NZ.

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