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A recreational tour in the house of The Hobbit in New Zealand
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It is widely known that Hobbiton Site was built solely for The Lord of the Rings film series. Alexander Farm in Waikato was chosen by Peter Jackson during his journey in finding the right area to build the site in 1998. He described the area as 'a slice of ancient England' and suits the setting of the story. After discussing with the owners, the working on constructing began to set the farm into sets of Hobbiton the next year. Heavy works such like making 1.5 kilometers of road into the site from the nearest local road and initial ground works and building 37 hobbit holes facades, as well as associated gardens and hedges, a mill and double arch bridge, and inserting a 29 ton oak above Bag End was conducted to make the site as authentic as possible. Not only decorations, the construction of Hobbiton Site also features generators, water, and sewerage as if that the site is indeed inhabited by the hobbits, making it so real and believable that the creatures exist among the humans
In the Visitor Centre, you are able get closer to the hobbit's house constructed from timber, ply, and polystyrence. Spread around 5.5 hectares of land, Hobbiton Visitor Centre began from the sheep farm across the Kaimai Ranges and features the significant spots, such as Bagshot Row, the Party Tree, Bilbo's Bag End Home, and Green Dragon Hill, as well as 44 hobbit holes where you can enter a few of them. The 2 hours trip in Hobbiton Site may become the extraordinary excursion in your lifetime
Before or after visiting the Hobbiton site, you may feel hungry and need to refill your energy. Therefore, The Shires Rest Cafe is available to provide the meals and beverages that you certainly need, such as wraps, bacon burger, pie, scones, waffle, ice cream, and coffee which price is ranging for NZD 80 for two persons. Operating every day from 9 am, the rural cafe also has great view of the Hobbiton site so you may take even more pictures of the site's landscape
What good is a trip to the Hobbiton without buying some memorabilia to remember your journey? The Lord of the Rings store sells souvenirs, merchandise, and costumes and is located adjacent to the Shires Cafe so you might as well take a look at the goods there before going home. Don't worry about the trouble of bringing bags of goods during your trip because your purchases can be shipped directly to your home
International Hobbit Day at Hobbiton Site
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How to Get Tickets?
The visitors have to book the tour at least three days before the actual trip which is limited to six guests per departure. There are three ticket categories for the private tour, namely the private tour package of 4 people for NZD 750, adult for NZD 84, teenager for NZD 42, whereas there is no fee applied for the children
How To Get Around?
The visitors are able to walk around the site, sometimes hiking the hills so the elders are advised to sit out and roam the flat land only. People who have walking impairment and use wheelchair may find difficulty to visit the place because of the various trails and hills
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear comfortable outfits such as shirt, cardigan, and pants along with sneakers or sandals as the site is full of hills. Don't forget to use sunscreen and wear sunglasses and sun hat as the weather may become too hot in the afternoon. Bringing a light rain jacket is a good idea as well because sometimes rain falls before the sunset
Best Time to Visit
You can visit Auckland Hobbiton Site every day according to your own schedule as you have to book at least three days before the departure. However, it is best to visit from April to October because the weather is comfortable enough to wander around the place
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Will I Need a Guide?
Yes, you definitely need a guide to come to Auckland Hobbiton Site. Worry you not because there are travel agencies available that you can book for a one day trip to the place. However, you need to reserve a book at least three days before the actual trip
How To Get There?
You can reach Auckland Hobbiton Site by driving the private car from the highway or simply book the travel agencies that offer a one day trip to the place