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Hobbiton

How it all started
New Zealand, in particular, the North Island is famous for its rich and unique nature: lush vegetation and pastoral landscapes are almost not spoiled by modern civilization. Well-known Hollywood Director Peter Jackson more than 15 years ago was just looking for places to start shooting films based on the works of the English writer John.R. Tolkien.

Flying over the island in a helicopter, he noticed a large sheep farm, spread out on a picturesque hilly area, so similar to the places described in the trilogy “the Lord of the Rings” and the book “the Hobbit”. The owners were three brothers from the Alexander family, who willingly sold most of the local land to the film Studio. As early as 1999, the construction of the Hobbiton capital film studios began.

Hobbiton
The beauty of the hilly landscape inspired Peter Jackson to build a hobbit village
The construction of the village
The Director did not want to go the traditional way for Hollywood, which meant the installation of simple plywood-cardboard scenery and subsequent drawing using computer graphics. It was decided to start the real construction of the hobbit settlement.

The new Zealand army took an active part in the Hobbiton project. The military designed and built a 1.5-kilometer road, a beautiful stone bridge, and used specialized earthmoving equipment to create blanks for round hobbit holes, making the landscape even more relief. In total, 37 dugout houses were built, which were artistically decorated with elements made of plastic and wood.

Green house
The surrounding area was transformed by landscape designers: live barberry hedges were planted, small vegetable gardens and gardens near burrows were arranged, and miniature fences were installed. To artificially age wooden and stone parts, a mass of lichen was used, diluted in a nutrient solution. It was applied to the necessary surfaces. Due to the peculiarities of the composition, the lichen, whose development requires a very long period of time, grew in a few months.

Hobbiton
Hobbiton
Hobbiton
It seems that hobbits are about to appear here

Famous oak tree
Famous oak tree
According to the original work, Bilbo Beggins ‘ burrow was under an old spreading oak tree, but there was no large vegetation on the local hills. To reliably recreate the picture, a suitable tree was chosen in the nearby forests. Sawn into pieces, it was taken to Hobbiton, installed and assembled, and the foliage was replaced with artificial one. But this decoration did not last long and was replaced with a synthetic tree made of optical fiber, which flaunts in this place today. In total, almost a year of hard work and a huge budget were spent on creating this small village Paradise.

Trailer: Lord of the rings: Brotherhood of the ring

The revival of scenery
After the end of filming, Hobbiton was abandoned for a while, with sheep grazing everywhere
After the end of filming, Hobbiton was abandoned for a while, with sheep grazing everywhere
It is worth noting that after the end of the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the rural scenery was abandoned, gradually the burrows began to collapse, the carefully nurtured vegetation disappeared, and sheep grazed everywhere, as before. These places were revived only in 2012, when it was decided to shoot the beginning of the history of the ring of Omnipotence based on the work “the Hobbit or there and back”. To do this, capital works were resumed in the valley – the remaining burrows were equipped, new ones were created, all the cultural vegetation was re-cultivated, and the Green dragon pub was rebuilt.

The huge popularity of the entire series of films pushed its creators to open a tourist attraction here, constantly maintaining the well-groomed appearance of the Hobbiton. Today, local farmers mainly work here, hoeing ornamental gardens and orchards that fully serve the entire infrastructure of the village.

Hobbiton
Hobbiton
Hobbiton
The hobbits had been stockpiling

The Lanterns Of Hobbiton
The Lanterns Of Hobbiton
Everything looks almost as colorful and fantastic as in the movie: colorful flowers, a large number of butterflies, lush green slopes, beautiful doors and Windows of burrows. The most important thing is the stunning realism and detail: mailboxes, wicker baskets, lanterns, beautiful jars, curtains in the Windows, clothes drying on ropes. It seems that there really are good-natured, economic hobbits who are not visible on the streets just because it is the time for second Breakfast or third dinner.

You can visit the Green dragon Inn, which is decorated appropriately inside and out. Those who wish can feed the local sheep or lambs. Interestingly, the UK recently opened a village-a double of Hobbiton.

The road to Hobbiton
The road to Hobbiton
Entrance to the Green dragon pub
Entrance to the Green dragon pub
The Green dragon is a great place to relax
The Green dragon is a great place to relax
Tourist route
Rainbow over Hobbiton
Rainbow over Hobbiton
After the release of the first films with footage shot here, the pilgrimage of Tolkien fans began in Hobbiton. But the area was virtually abandoned, and farmers were dissatisfied with the crowds of onlookers. After the last reconstruction of the village, a full-fledged tourist route was created, available for everyone to visit.

Cost
75 new Zealand dollars + drinks, food and Souvenirs on request.

Order and visiting hours
You can visit Hobbiton from 9.00 to 17.00 and only as part of an organized individual or group tour from the nearby city of Matamata or Auckland.

Night Hobbiton
Night Hobbiton
Tour bus
Tour bus
Bilbo Baggins ‘ house in Hobbiton
Bilbo Baggins ‘ house in Hobbiton
Contacts, how to get there
Address: 501 Buckland Road, Matamata, Hinuera 3400, New Zealand.
Official website: http://www.hobbitontours.com/
Phone: +64 7 888 9913.
When purchasing a tour, the transfer of visitors is carried out on a special bus.
You can also rent a car and get to Hobbiton yourself. The landmark will be Matamata; the road from Auckland will take about 2 hours.

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