Stepping into The Shire

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I don’t think I have ever been in a  more idyllic looking setting! I wish this place was a real place to live because I would be packing up my belongings, buying a hobbit hole in the green countryside of New Zealand and living out the simple life. The air is so clean, the grass so green (oops accidental rhyme there) and it makes a peaceful existence of farming/gardening the land and enjoying a pint and some home cooked food with friends at The Green Dragon seem like the most delightful thing in the world.

Hobbiton is just overflowing with quaintness. After about ten years of wanting to visit the movie set, I finally did when I was at home for the holidays and I was far from being disappointed. It was worth the [short] drive over the hill from home (ironically I never went when I lived close, but now I’m living overseas I managed to do so) and for those of you who are skeptical, I thought the tour was worth the money. There is so much to see – the gardens are gorgeous, the hobbit holes adorable and the whole setting has been created with such great attention to detail. As a fan of Tolkien and Peter Jackson’s work, I found it fabulous – but I don’t think you’d necessarily need to be a fan in order to appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of this place. If you need further incentive, you do get a free drink at The Green Dragon at the end of your tour!

In hindsight I’m glad I didn’t go ten years ago after The Lord of the Rings was made, because back then the set was constructed of temporary materials and there wasn’t a lot to see once filming was complete. Now, however, everything has been rebuilt for The Hobbit movies, and rebuilt using permanent materials so not only is there more to see, but there will be for quite some time! As you drive through the green (oh so green after coming from Austalia!) rolling countryside of New Zealand you already feel like the city life is a million miles away. As you venture into Hobbiton, you feel as if you have stepped into a whole other magical world altogether.

I was a little reluctant to leave, and by the end of the tour I don’t think I was the only one wishing I could live there 🙂

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The Green Dragon Inn
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The Green Dragon
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Inside The Green Dragon

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The Party Tree

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Bag End

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The Party Tree

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