Friday, April 22, 2016
We left the boys, and mom, my sister, and I headed to New Zealand for yet another surreal trip - to the movie set of the Shire from Lord of the Rings in Matamata, New Zealand!! This is pretty much the main reason why we went to New Zealand so it didn't really matter that tickets cost a fortune. Worth.every.penny.
But then again, I'm a total LOTR fan girl. I had a life size Gandalf cardboard cutout in college. I own the LOTR Atlas. This is my place (although, admittedly, the hobbits aren't exactly my people).
The level of detail on the homes was pretty impressive. Real vegetables growing in real vegetable gardens. Flowering bushes everywhere. Butterflies. Beehives on hills, cheeses aging in the window, abandoned fishing poles on the dock, etc. etc. The weather was lovely, too. Nice blue skies with puffy clouds. It felt just like being in the Shire. It was pretty lovely.
As part of the ticket price, you get to enter the only building with an interior - the Green Dragon tavern - and have a free drink!
- Australia-New Zealand Three Week Trip
- Around Adelaide
- Adelaide Fringe Festival
- Adelaide's Cleland Wildlife Park
- Adelaide Hills Wineries in McLaren Vale
- Sydney, Australia
- Hobbiton, New Zealand
- Rotorua, New Zealand
- Around Auckland, New Zealand