For our annual sibling reunion, my family travelled to New Zealand. We made our way from the North Island to the South Island in 12 days. I know, I know, 12 days is "not enough" to enjoy the experience completely but we made it happen and it was more than enough for us. Watch out for a full itinerary breakdown coming soon. But for now, let's travel to our first stop: the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour...
"Mr. Bilbo, where're you off to?"
..."I'm going on an adventure!"
Let me begin with a disclaimer: I haven't actually seen The Hobbit movies. Oops. Sorry to disappoint you guys (I only watched LOTR), but I obviously won't do this post justice. My husband, on the other hand, is a fan of the movie. With the Hobbiton set as our first stop, he said "Okay, we can go home now" because he said that he's already so happy, this would be the highlight of his New Zealand trip.
Even though I didn't see the movies, I still enjoyed this activity so much. I mean, it was like stepping into a live storybook. Like your imagination has suddenly come to life.
The Costs (How much)
Originally, I was going to book the tour from The Shire's Rest which would be $84 per person. But we decided to book The Trilogy Experience instead which would be $302 per person but it would be a package to include a Te Puia and Te Po Tour and Waitomo and Ruakuri caves tour (more on those next time). It was so tempting to go for an evening banquet tour to "feast like a hobbit" but I'm just not paying an extra $100+ for a feast. New Zealand is an expensive place to travel, you know.
From the Shire's Rest cafe, we hopped on a bus with our guide and on the bus, you get to watch a video on a screen where they tell you a little bit about The Hobbit movies, filming, and the history of preserving the movie set. I'll spare you the details so I don't spoil it for you.
For 2 hours, you get to follow your guide along the 12 acre set. They stop here and there to point out areas where important scenes were shot such as Bilbo's birthday party. They also stop at some areas to give the group a chance to take some photos.
I absolutely love how they put so much attention into details. Also, how cute are the little hobbit clothes hung out to dry in the photo below?
You can tell how much fun my husband had goofing around in these photos... Here he is stealing a hobbit's mail...
It was certainly a family friendly activity that I think people of all ages would enjoy.
You also get to try out some hobbit costumes.
|Trying out hobbit costumes|
And you get a complimentary drink. I had gingerbeer. No, not butterbeer, you're thinking of the wrong movie franchise, you muggle. Lol. I'm not a huge fan of ginger, nor beer, but gingerbeer, a non-alcoholic drink, was surprisingly good.
|Enjoying gingerbeer at Hobbiton|
The Hobbiton Movie Set is certainly something that you just can't miss when you visit New Zealand. It's amazing to see how much work is put into these movies. I'm glad they didn't tear this set down. Now, we get a chance to enjoy it.
Are you a fan of The Hobbit movies? What's your favourite hobbit trivia?