Journey to Middle Earth

Calling all Lord of the Rings fans! Fancy a visit to the Shire? Well then start planning your next holiday and make New Zealand your destination of choice!

On a recent backpacking trip around the breathtaking islands of New Zealand, my friend and I made our way out to the small town of Matamata, an easy day trip from Auckand by bus or car. After a short bus ride from the tourist centre, we arrived at Hobbiton ready to play Hobbits for the day – and we were in no way disappointed, in fact, the words utopia and Eden actually come to mind!

My friend and I were absolutely mesmerised by what we saw; the rolling green hills, the white butterflies that fluttered about the sunflowers, the overgrown gardens complete with giant pumpkins and herbs of every kind, the frogs that croaked in unison by the gurgling creeks… Hobbiton is just as beautiful in “the real world” as it is in Peter Jackson’s epic films.

I could have spent hours, if not days, immersed in this magical world… so I guess these photos are just as much for me as they are for you! Ps: these pictures were taken on my iPhone, so excuse the not-so-good quality!

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