10 February 2018
For any Lord of the Rings fan Hobbiton is a must see, but you don’t need to be a fan to enjoy stepping inside the world of the hobbits. The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies were filmed in New Zealand at sights throughout the country. The Shire set was constructed at Alexander’s farm and has been preserved for movie set tours ever since.
Director and New Zealand native Peter Jackson chose the location. As the story goes, they built the Shire for the LotR films and then dismantled it, restoring the land to be farmed again. When they decided to make the Hobbit trilogy movies, they re-built and expanded the Shire to remain permanently.
Not unlike the feeling we had stepping into Cars Land, the whole family enjoyed walking through Middle Earth, if only for a moment.