Forewarning: This is more about me, than it is my experience in New Zealand… but you should read it anyway. We all need to read more #justsaying.
Have you ever watched a film, and almost feared seeing what the set looked like in person in fear that it would be ruined? I was! And my nerdy place of choice… Hobbiton, and YES it’s really a place!
What is Hobbiton? It is a set in New Zealand, where “The Shire” from Lord of Rings was filmed. Not to spoil the ending… it was exactly like the movie, and it did not disappoint.
Imagine entering a new country, with little/no people, driving on the opposite side of the road for the first time through hundreds of miles of farm land (rural as I have ever experienced by the way… literally waiting on “highway” roads for cows to pass) to see a “Hobbiton” tour sign. The funniest part of this story is that my mom had no idea what Hobbiton was even when flying on the airplane from Australia to New Zealand. But, as soon as she got on set, she knew… and the movie on the flight helped too…
Now only those who have enjoyed the books, or movies, can appreciate seeing the Hobbit houses everywhere, the adventure for Bilbo Baggin’s residence, seeing the Party Tree, and eating a Thanksgiving feast at The Green Dragon Inn. This experience was surreal.
What topped off the perfect day, was the night sky, and… sharing a moment with my mom where we both saw the Milky Way for the first time. Clear as day. Near the Party Tree, even.
So… for those of you considering paying an additional flight to New Zealand, from Australia (which I found to be the cheapest), don’t miss out on this experience. If you’re not a Lord of the Rings fan… go. My mom can attest to this beautiful experience, the journey through the country to find the place, and the memories made all by a “Hollywood” movie. Dreams, my friends, can exist.