In light of my short two weeks in New Zealand, I almost skipped the north island and went straight to the south island but I couldn't pass up visiting Hobbiton. It was pretty touristy (pricey, getting on a bus and being shuffled around by a hilarious guide from hobbit hole to hobbit hole), but it was well worth it. Absolutely magical! Because they're filming The Hobbit trilogy, Hobbiton is in pristine condition compared to how they left it after shooting LotR. The vegetable gardens are darling, the doors are beautiful and bright, and every detail down to the mailboxes and clotheslines are perfect. It was like I stepped off the bus and into The Shire.
The hobbit holes were actually built quite small to help with the movie magic/forced perspective.
Ahhh I'm hobbit-sized!
Whooooose house?? BAGGINS' HOUSE!
The party tree
The view from the Green Dragon Inn.
The Green Dragon Inn, open for business. I had a cider.
The pub's details were ridiculous and charming!
The end. See you next time!