It’s time for the Great New Zealand Road Trip, part one! Our first stop on our way south was a visit to Hobbiton, which is still a working farm with sheep and cows and those luscious rolling hills that attracted Peter Jackson to film in this location back in 1998.
On the day we visited, the skies were temperamental and the temperature a bit cool. But no matter, because walking through all the muddy paths and sodden fields of the Shire just made the tavern at the end all the more comforting.
While we waited for our tour to begin, we checked out the little lambs in the neighboring paddock.
Don your tourist cap and doff your cynicism, because the Shire is seriously cute. A short bus ride takes you from the staging area through sheep-studded fields and cow paddocks (the farm is around 1500 acres, with only a handful of those in use as the Shire), and then:
Samwise’s house. Do you recognize his yellow door?
We’ve made it to the Green Dragon tavern!