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When one visits Matamata in New Zealand’s North Island , it becomes clear straight away why this place has been chosen as a perfect spot for the movie set of Tolkien’s book. The book was translated into over 70 languages so majority of us know it. It is a must see place if you’re a fan of the movie and the books, but if you are not familiar with Lord of the Rings, Hobbits, Wizards and the Shire or simply not a fan of it, well… as they say, it is never too late for a happy childhood.
The area is extensive, so save good few hours to do it properly. Pre-book the tour as it is always busy and fully booked in advance. You will be taken around the 12 acre set: past Hobbit Holes, the Mill into the world-famous Green Dragon Inn where you can have a drink, something to eat and just enjoy the magic around you.
Check out few photos of this place, little Hobbit houses, the Watermill, Jetty, Green Dragon Inn and all the surroundings.  If you are ever around give this family sheep farm a go, it is worth it and so easy to fall in love with the magic of it, just as the director, Sir Peter Jackson did.
Photographs and words by Renata Blonska
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