I have returned from the real middle earth, hair slightly still smelling like the sulphurous hot springs of Rotarua and sleep deprived with enough photographs to share with you but not too many because I was trying to see stuff outside of my camera lens. The Hobbtion Movie Set was one of the attractions that I was most excited to see and it was a wonderful little half day adventure that took around 4 hours in total and $110 NZD. It is located in Matamata which is an hour’s drive from the city centre of Rotarua and there’s a big tour bus which takes you from the souvenir gift store to the movie set. Once you start seeing the rolling green hills dotted with sheep, you’re almost there! Our tour guide and bus driver were wonderful and very knowledgeable about the films (they shared a lot of filming secrets) and at the end they shouted us drinks in the Green Dragon Inn. In the future, I would love to go back and do an evening tour because seeing the sun set and tip toeing around the hills with lanterns sounds like the most magical experience! There’s not much else to say so I’ll let the photographs do the talking and I’ll be back with some festive blog posts next Monday!
love the photos karen! and your outfit looks super comfortable for the perfect tourist hehe was it cold over there?
I like your blog, its really dope.
Do you want to follow each other?
If you want, than follow me, and let me know in comments, so I can follow you back with pleasure.
…I am so loving these photos! I have to visit this place (and live there) dammmit!! Love the photos! Have a great weaken Karen!
Wow, is this even for real?!!! I’d love to go here someday too. The place looks really magical! <333
Have a great day!
This is beautiful!!! xx
This place is too amazing! What beautiful photos too.
Wow I’ve always wanted to visit this part of New Zealand. Went to the South Island for my honeymoon but never made it here. The pictures look amazing!! Happy you had a chance to visit!
OMG! What wonderful photos! You absolutely have the best of wanders! How I wish I could experience something like that! Well, thanks for the nice sharing, Karen. It made me feel like I was here, too. Hehe!
LikeLiked by 1 person