Lord of the Rings/The Hobbig
Matamata, New Zealand
The Shire is one of the most iconic locations from The Lord of the Rings, and it is also featured in its newer prequel,The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. New Zealand visitors have the opportunity to walk in the village of Hobbiton, where Frodo and Bilbo’s respective journeys began. The set in Matamata, New Zealand, sprawls over 12 acres and features 44 hobbit holes, including Bilbo’s, which is known as Bag End. Visitors can also tour the pub the hobbits frequent, The Green Dragon Inn, and get a drink there.
Since December, The Green Dragon has been open for business, and while it is not where filming of those scenes occured, it is an exact replica of the location. The set is open every day except Christmas, and with the next installment of The Hobbit hitting theaters this December, there’s never been a better time to see the set. Visitors must be on a tour to see the location, and many tours are available at a range of prices.