Friday, August 7, 2015

Bookish Destination: Hobbiton Movie Set, NZ

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Hello! About two weeks ago, I just returned from New Zealand—which has became a Tolkien tourist destination because of the Hobbiton Movie Set. It is located in the northern part of New Zealand in a place called Matamata. When Peter Jackson discovered this place back in 1998, it was a farm owned by the Alexanders. After thorough negotiations, the owners finally agreed to Peter Jackson's request to use the place for filming and the place soon became a tourist attraction because of people's interest in the movie. I went there to have lunch and also a tour around this beautiful place. There are a lot of fun facts that the guide shared during the tour, which I will mention if I can still remember them :)) Okay, so here's my experience in the world of hobbits!


The road to Hobbiton Movie Set is so beautiful; rolling hills, trees, and bright blue sky on every side. We need to ride on the bus for quite some time because the starting point of the tour is up the hill. The first thing we did before starting the tour is to have lunch! We went inside a yellow tent that's similar to the one in Bilbo's 111th birthday party. The best thing is we can eat as much as we want; and the food they served there are delicious :))


Below are some of the food that I took pictures of. There are plenty more but I couldn't capture it all because it was extremely crowded with people! My favorites will have to be the various cake selection. Loved the brownie. And I love that bottle in which they put drinking water in. I wanted to take it home with me.


When we're finished eating, we had a little bit of time to take a look at the beautiful surroundings. I love that tree with adorable decorations hanging around it. It's also something that was in Bilbo's 111th birthday party :D

And then it's time to start the Hobbiton Movie Set tour!


The guide took us through the road to take a look at the hobbit holes around the place. I love the details along the side of the road; it makes the place looks very homely and lived in. Then we went through a road called Gandalf's Cutting and finally reached the first hobbit hole. I asked the guide if we're allowed to get inside the hobbit hole; she opened the door and surprisingly there's only a wall inside. The guide explained that they only decorated the windows and the exterior, because the filming inside the hobbit hole was done in another place. There are plenty more hobbit holes nearby and the guide showed us how some of them had different door sizes. She said that the different door sizes are used to give an illusion of height. Gandalf (the taller character) would go through the smaller doors and the hobbits (like Frodo or Bilbo) will go through the normal sized doors. Filming tricks that I never thought of before when I watched the movies.

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And the place that I anticipated the most was of course, Bag End, Bilbo's house. We literally had to hike for quite some time because Bag End is more at the top of the hills. But I had no time to complain because the view along the way was super gorgeous! As I was hiking I couldn't stop looking at the beautiful scenery that surrounds the place. It was magical.

When we finally arrived in front of Bilbo's house, it's obviously the biggest hobbit hole out of all that we've seen earlier. At least Bilbo's house has a little bit of decor inside, unlike all the other hobbit holes. And his house has bigger windows as well. The garden outside is just amazing, I love greenery so much because it's really calming for me. Fun fact, there's actually a water system (?) going on under the whole place so that the grass will stay green all year long. That's why even though I came during winter, the place still looks as beautiful as it does in the summer. Just a lot colder. And I asked the guide why they put so much effort on making Hobbiton looks this beautiful even though it only showed up for several minutes in the movie. She said that it's just how the filming industry works. Peter Jackson definitely paid close attention to details, which made me respect him and his works so much :))


After that we also passed by Samwise Gamgee's house, who's one of my favorite characters from the book. To end the tour, we had to walk quite a distance to return to our starting point and went inside The Green Dragon—which is an inn that we see in The Lord of the Rings movie where the local residents of Hobbiton meets. As part of the tour, the guide allowed us one free drink from the bar with various selection of beers (they also provided a non-alcoholic drink which is called Ginger Beer). I didn't get a proper shot of the place so here's a picture that I found on the internet ↓. I only managed to get a picture of the fireplace because I was warming myself up there.


Lastly, we got back on the bus and returned downhill where the gift shop is located. Sadly, everything is really expensive there. So I only got my hands on the things that I really really want to get (and looks pretty). I purchased a very beautiful map of Middle-Earth, two coasters with The Hobbit movie pictures on them, and a book which I included in my July book haul post. I spent a LOT of money on those things so I didn't dare add more souvenirs to buy. Here's the picture of the things I got :) *And I also framed the brochure that the guide gave us with a map of the Hobbiton Movie Set.

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And that is the end of the Hobbiton Movie Set tour! I really enjoyed it and instantly fell in love with the place. I wouldn't mind becoming a hobbit and live in this place forever. The guide was really nice and she shared a lot of fun facts about the place and stories behind the movie making as well—unfortunately I couldn't remember them all to share it here. For those of you who love J.R.R. Tolkien's works or loved The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, Hobbiton Movie Set is definitely a place you must visit. It's a magical place in which Hobbiton that I know only from the books and movies has come to life :))




You can check out the official website of the Hobbiton Tours to find more information about the place. I hoped you enjoyed this post and hopefully I'll get the chance to visit more bookish destination in the future :D Do you have any bookish destination to recommend? Or do you have any thoughts on the Hobbiton Movie Set? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below ;)

by.stefaniesugia♥ .
 

10 comments:

  1. Ya ampun steeef, senangnyaaa bisa ke sana yaaa...moga moga bakal awet ya ini tempat sampe ke anak cucu kitaaa

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    1. Hahahah iyaaa, smoga tempatnya ttp cakep smpe nanti2 biar bs balik lagi xD

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  2. sorry for being out of topic, but your photos made me speechless :XXXXXX

    what camera did u use? :')

    so preteeh

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    1. omg thank youuu! xD my camera is a sony a5100 :D

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  3. Sudah setahun terakhir ini rencana mau kesana, tapi belum dapat waktu yang pas, hiks.

    Lihat foto-foto ini terasa kena spoiler :p

    Mau juga beli buku Tolkien disana, tempatnya indah banget :)

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    1. Duh maaf nih kalo spoiler xD Buku2nya Tolkien dsana mahal2 banget loh :D

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  4. waah pengen banget bisa ke hobbiton jugaa
    indah banget yah tempatnya :D

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    1. Iyaaa tmptnya bagus banget, must-visit! :D

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