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This day trip was a great getaway and unforgettable for the LOTR movie lovers among us! The private bus took us out to Matamata, about 2 hours South of Auckland. It is here that they have set up the film-set of the Hobbiton for use in all of the movies. On arrival, our friendly guide, Billy, was ready to introduce us to this magical place and he was able to answer any and all the questions our group could throw at him. We took our time to walk through the village, exploring inside the houses (some of them have stuff in them!) as well as all the tiny intricate details. It is clear people had put a lot of time and money into making sure Hobbiton looked exactly how Tolkien had dreamed it would look all those years ago. To round things off, we visited the “Green Dragon” – the local pub that the Hobbits love to drink and sing at – and that now works as a fully functional pub/restaurant wherein we received a complementary Hobbit beverage, as well as had the opportunity to purchase “Hobbit-style” food! All-in-all, a wonderful and sunny day out for all our group.
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