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Hobbiton – Matamata, New Zealand

Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand

Alternatively titled “The time Diana fulfilled a life long dream while Scott searched for the pub.”
Find parts I, II, III of our New Zealand’s North Island road trip here.

The Hobbit was the first real book I ever read, and catching the fantasty bug, it didn’t take me very long to read the rest of the series. Then they made the films and immediately after the Fellowship of the Ring, Elijah Wood became my first celebrity crush. As 7th graders, my friend Bailey and I would scour the internet looking for as many Elijah Wood films as we could find. And let me tell you, Elijah Wood has been in some pretty heavy films for a 12 year old. So for me, when my family purchased me a ticket to Hobbiton in Matamata New Zealand, it was as if a middle school fantasy had finally come true.

You could say it wasn’t so significant for Scott.

Hobbiton is on a working farm in Matamata, New Zealand. It’s basically in the middle of nowhere and even if you don’t rent a car like we did, buses to the site are an option. In some ways our Hobbiton tour was incredible: the attention to detail is amazing. While we were there, an employee was hanging up fresh Hobbit laundry on a clothes line, “smoke” puffed from chimneys, there were Hobbit holes hidden around every corner. In other ways it was a disappointment. You couldn’t interact with most things, and guests are herded through the area on a short leash. The only really interactive (and Scott’s favourite part) was the “Green Dragon” in at the end of the tour, where they give you a free sample of their locally made cider or ale, and where you can also purchase some food.

Our pints came in such cute ceramic mugs, we may have stolen them (shhhhhhh!).

Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand

Photography and words by Diana Eastman
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