Where Hobbits dwell
Hobbiton in New Zealand is the home of Hobbits from J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional world of the Middle Earth. Well not exactly, but the movies were shot here at the green pastures of Matamata which was formerly a cattle ranch. After the Lord of the Rings movie series and the Hobbit movie series were released, so many enthusiastic travellers came seeking the land of Hobbits. Hobbiton’s popularity resulted in the phenomenon Tolkien Tourism, where movie buffs visit iconic locations from the Lord of the Rings franchise, including Hobbiton, Puzzlewood (linked here) and Mount Ngauruhoe which served as Mount Doom in the movies.
Hobbiton in New Zealand was nothing but an inhabited marshland until 1978 when the Alexander family moved there to transform it into a grassland and livestock ranch. But the real transformation came when Peter Jackson got his eyes on the farm while looking to shoot for The Lord of the Rings film series. The land was given for shooting and the entirety of the farm was transformed into the fictional world we know from the Lord of the Rings movies.
Even though the set for the Tolkien movies was not constructed to last very long time, the popularity of Hobbiton as a tourist destination resulted in regular maintenance of the props and the land. Visitors can get a guided tour of the entire Hobbiton set if booked prior to the visit. There are a total of 44 Hobbit holes in the area, and most of them can be entered by the visitors. Bagshot Row, the Party Tree, and Bilbo's Bag End home are the other attractions in Hobbiton. Even the food and drinks are served in the theme of Tolkien fictional universe.
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