As a huge fan of The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, and as someone who always wanted to live in a hole in the ground, it was only a matter of time until I travelled to the farthest corner of the globe to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand. The site is a tourist destination now, with several guided tours per day taking you through the Green Dragon Pub, the winding paths with the hobbit homes on the sides, and of course, Bag End, the hilltop home of Bilbo Baggins.
I’ll tell you how it went, but please don’t be too disappointed at some of the “movie magic” because Hobbiton doesn’t have fully built hobbit homes – they are pretty much simply built facades in the hillsides with no interiors or really small interiors that are just plywood closets, really. The movie filming inside Bilbo’s house was a temporary set shot in a studio in Wellington. So at Hobbiton, we stood in front of the houses to take pictures, but they really weren’t built to go inside of… The aesthetic of the hobbit homes was very quaint and pastoral – as they say in the book and film, “It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.”