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In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’
I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit

Arriving in the land of the Hobbits, the one thing i could not do was leave without a visit to the famous Hobbiton. My birthday was a month after i landed and what better present to myself than to have a trip to visit the film set of one of my favourite books of all time, the book i reread every few years. 

We hired a car and drove the four hours out of Auckland arriving for a lovely lunch in Rotorua and it started to rain. It rained on and off all day and evening, luckily stopping for long enough to let us get photographs without the useful but unsightly green umbrellas they provided.

We had a great guide who gave us lots of facts and information about the set, films and filming process. We had loads of time to walk around and take LOTS of pictures.

We went for the tour, dinner and candle lit tour option which was more expensive but worth every cent! the food we got was amazing and there was plenty of it as well. The tables were laid out Hobbit feast style and you just helped yourself to whatever you wanted and there was plenty to go around.

After dinner we got taken on another tour with lanterns and got a chance to see Hobbiton all lit up.  I would definitely go again.

“The road goes ever on and on”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit

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