Hobbiton is now a major attraction, especially for fans of the Hobbit trilogy, offering an insider's view of where the entire story began to take shape. Your guided tour starts with a drive through the
picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. You can listen to the tales on how Hobbiton began, look at Bag End where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began and lose yourself among the 44 hobbit holes that have been re-built exactly as how they were on film. End your experience with a visit to the Good George Brewery or the Green Dragon Inn where you can enjoy a pint or two. Better yet, stay for dinner and enjoy a generous feast.
What makes this experience so special is just how real it looks and "feels". One can easily imagine a hobbit walking out one of the holes or Gandalf standing on the path, waiting to talk to Bilbo.
More interested in above ground sites? The Maungatautiti Ecological Reserve allows you to get close to native birds including the Kiwi, and the Hamilton Gardens showcases impressive horticulture talent.
Don't miss the beautiful west coast beaches of Raglan and Kawhia, great for surfing.
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