On April 3rd, we went to Hobbiton.
Hobbiton Movie Set is the hobbit village that was used by Peter Jackson to shoot the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. The admission fee is prohibitively expensive : 75$ per person for a 2-hour guided tour. But as Jeremy is a big fan of the Lord of the Rings, we could not miss it. We booked by phone in the morning for a tour scheduled at noon. We advice you to book in advance, otherwise you will probably have to wait a long time, or even not being able to get in at all.
When Peter Jackson began to look for suitable locations for The Lord of the Rings film series, he first saw the Alexander Farm during an aerial search in 1998 and concluded that the area was ‘like a slice of ancient England’. Set Decorator Alan Lee commented that the location’s hills ‘looked as though Hobbits had already begun excavations’.
You should know that at the beginning, the set was supposed to be temporary. But for ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy shooting, it was entirely rebuilt in a permanent way, so it could be visited by movie fans (and also win the jackpot of course).
From the reception, you leave by bus (5-10 minutes) with your guide to go to the hobbit village. Here we are, for a nice walk in Hobbiton.
Our guide was really nice, told us a lot of stories about the movies shooting. The set is really impressive and very realistic.
For example, there is an ok that is completely fake, on the roof of Bilbo’s and Frodo’s house. All its leaves (200 000) are entirely synthetic and were imported from Taiwan.
Our only disappointment was to realize that we could not enter the hobbit holes, as they are just doors. All indoor scenes were shot in a studio in Wellington.
At the end, you are offered a free dring (beer or cider) in the Green Dragon Tavern. The set is really nice, you would think that you are in the movie.