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In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Do you recognise where this is from?!

Having all read The Hobbit whilst we’ve been in New Zealand, a visit to Hobbiton movie set was a must-do!

We stayed the night before on a farmstay in Tirau, an interesting township where the main road is lined with corrugated iron sculptures!

Views from our farmstay…

One evening, we tried out the mud face masks, fresh from the geothermal mud pools!

Can’t smile or we’ll crack the masks!

Clear-skinned and well-rested, off to Hobbiton we go!

These are the things we loved most:

1. The cute little hobbit holes.

2. Dressing up as hobbits (and people asking to take photos of Lola and Albie, because they thought they were part of the tourist attraction!).

3. The Dragon Inn, where we drank ginger beer and Hobbiton ales.

4. Taking a seemingly secret bus journey into the hidden heart of lush green rolling hills and fields full of wandering sheep. You can see why Peter Jackson, the movie director, chose this location as it’s a perfect movie set in the middle of no-mans land.

5. Learning about the set, how and why they chose the area, and how they negotiated a deal with the local farmer to film there.

6. Looking at the detail outside the Hobbit holes to work out who lived there (e.g. paintbrushes, vegetables, dried fish, etc).


7. Exploring the vegetable gardens and fruit trees, and spotting what was real and not.

8. Learning about how they made the oak tree over Bilbo’s Hobbit house, and had to paint 20,000 leaves (twice, because they did the wrong colour first time round!).

It was so much fun!

We’re ready now to watch the 3-part movie set, and spot our favourite places in Hobbiton!

If you’ve read The Hobbit, who is your favourite character, what’s your favourite part or which quote do you like most? Feel free to comment below!