Hobbiton / by Elise Manahan

 
A Hobbit home on the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata. (Elise Marie Photography)

A Hobbit home on the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata. (Elise Marie Photography)

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit or There and Back Again

It’s hard to visit or live in New Zealand and not know that the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, were filmed here. A popular tourist destination is the Hobbiton village where visitors can take a guided walk through the permanent set to admire the craftsmanship and scale of the little hamlet. With colorful doors and explosive gardens it is sure to enchant and delight every guest.