A Magical Journey to Hobbiton: Family Adventure in the Shire

In the heart of New Zealand’s enchanting countryside lies a place straight out of our favorite storybooks – Hobbiton. Our family’s recent visit to this charming movie set turned tourist attraction was a dream come true, and we can’t wait to share the enchantment of our journey with you. Join us as we step into the world of hobbits and embark on a delightful adventure in the Shire.

The Road to Hobbiton:

As we drove through the rolling hills of Matamata, the anticipation was palpable. The lush green fields and idyllic landscapes felt like we were entering a land untouched by time. And, in a sense, we were. Hobbiton awaited, and we couldn’t wait to discover the magic within.

The Shire Comes to Life:

Our arrival at the Hobbiton Movie Set was met with a warm welcome from our tour guide, who was every bit as enthusiastic about the Shire as we were. Stepping onto the well-manicured paths lined with hobbit holes, we felt transported to another world. Each hobbit hole was a work of art, complete with intricate details and vibrant gardens.

Bag End and Bilbo’s Party Tree:

Our first stop was Bag End, the iconic home of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. The circular front door framed by colorful flowers and an old oak tree brought the magic of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world to life. Our kids were thrilled to stand in front of the very door through which Bilbo once disappeared.

As we continued our journey, we came across the famous Party Tree, its branches adorned with colorful lanterns and banners. We couldn’t help but imagine the joyous festivities that must have taken place under its branches during Bilbo’s birthday party.

Guided Insights:

Our guide regaled us with fascinating stories and insights into the making of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” film trilogies. We learned about the meticulous attention to detail that went into creating Hobbiton, from the hand-painted signs to the carefully selected props that made the village come alive.

The Green Dragon Inn:

No visit to Hobbiton would be complete without a stop at the Green Dragon Inn. We savored a traditional Hobbiton feast with hearty pies, freshly baked bread, and, of course, a pint of ginger beer or ale. The rustic charm of the inn and its serene lakeside setting made it a perfect spot to relax and take in the Shire’s beauty.

Unforgettable Moments:

Our family created unforgettable memories as we posed for photos in front of our favorite hobbit holes, ran through the lush fields, and reveled in the whimsy of Hobbiton. It was a day filled with laughter, wonder, and a sense of childlike joy.


Our journey to Hobbiton was more than just a tourist attraction visit; it was a chance to step into the pages of a beloved story. The attention to detail, the warm hospitality, and the immersive experience made our adventure in the Shire a cherished memory for our family. If you’re a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world or simply seeking a dose of enchantment, Hobbiton is a destination that will leave you spellbound and longing for your own hobbit-sized adventure.