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@Legagh You can do a day tour or hire a car if you wanted to go yourself.

Discover the real Middle-earth with a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set , as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Travel to Matamata , a quintessentially rural Kiwi town in the Waikato region of the North Island, well-known for its thoroughbred industry and dairy farming. Nearby, hidden in picturesque private farmland with spectacular views of the Kaimai Ranges, is the famous Hobbiton movie set, where Sir Peter Jackson filmed his award-winning 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' movies. The charming countryside of The Shire , as described in JRR Tolkien's books, was painstakingly recreated on a working sheep and beef farm. The home of plucky little hobbits like Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin has been preserved since filming wrapped, and now draws visitors from around the world. Visit Hobbiton and see where the movie magic was created w...

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