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18 November 2013 @ 07:06 am
In the middle of the earth, in the land of Shire.... *g*  
Matamata, known throughout the world now as Hobbiton. This was an afternoon stopover on our trip from Auckland to Rotorua, one that I had been looking forward to for weeks.

I could have spent more time in Auckland, there was so much to see and do. We were staying at a serviced apartment in a bit of a downmarket part of town, chosen for its closeness to the main street. It was quite colourful, with a hotel just around the corner that advertised hourly room rates, and CCTV cameras on every corner. Still, it was quiet, and clean, and close to the city which is all we could ask for.

We picked up a late model Toyota Corolla hire car, then set off for Matamata.

Welcome to Hobbiton
Main Street, Matamata.

Information centre
Matamata information centre, and the starting point of our Hobbiton adventure.

My precioussss
Inside the information centre.

Gandlaf carved stone 2
Gandalf, carved in relief at the crosssroads.

Bilbo's home with bench
Bilbo's home, with bench. Sadly no Martin though *g*

Bilbo's home
Closer view.


The bench
The bench.

exploring a hobbit burrow
Exploring a burrow.

Bridge to the Green Dragon
Bridge to the Green Dragon pub.

Green Dragon pub
The Green Dragon pub exterior.

Green Dragon bar
The pub bar, where we were served light ale in pottery mugs.

Hobbit burrow
Hobbit burrow.

Hobbit barrow
Hobbit barrow.

Two happy hobbits
Nasty, nasty hobbitses!
Current Mood: excitedexcited
moonlightmead on November 17th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
They kept the pub!? And you can buy drinks there? Oh, I am in heaven just thinking of it. And what a glorious day it looks to have been.

And, ooh, ooh. Is that you? Is it?

Loved the barrow and the burrow. Did you manage a borrow too? :)
miwahni: Pros I need a holidaymiwahni on November 23rd, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
It was brilliant. The drinks (well, the first one at least) was included in the cost of the tour. How good is that?! And yes, that's me in the grey cardi.

Didn't manage a borrow *g*.
mrua7mrua7 on November 17th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
Wow this must have been sooooo exciting, to see so much come to life.
miwahni: MFU  Fascinatingmiwahni on November 23rd, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
It was very exciting! This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] GRINdraycevixen on November 17th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)

What a great trip you got to take. I love that they've kept it. :D
miwahni: Pros I need a holidaymiwahni on November 23rd, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
Wasn't it good?! I was pretty impressed with it - it's all on private land, part of a sheep farm, so it's even more amazing that it's all still there.
kiwisuekiwisue on November 18th, 2013 08:37 am (UTC)
B & I toured Hobbiton a couple of years after LOTR finished filming - but that's a LOT more in the way of buildings and artefacts on the site than I remember. Are they planning to keep them going?
miwahnimiwahni on November 23rd, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
From what I understand, after LOTR just about everything was stripped out, but after The Hobbit they decided to leave it all in place. I do believe they plan to keep it going because of the tourism it brings in. They're doing a wonderful job with it - they have full-time people employed to manage the gardens (even the veggies are well-tended each season!) and even to put clothes on the clotheslines. If you get a chance, you should go back. It really is worth it now.
byslantedlight: Bookshelf colour (grey853).byslantedlight on November 18th, 2013 09:24 am (UTC)
Oh, I had no idea they'd kept it all - I want to go, it looks brilliant! Even the nasssty hobbitses... *g*
miwahni: Pros Booksmiwahni on November 23rd, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
If you get a chance when you're down this way, make a point of going. It's totally worth it! There are numerous hobbit burrows, and the party tree is still there, and the pub, and it's all so well set-up that you expect to see Frodo or Merry or Samwise pop up just around the corner.
Calise: AutumnFrotreecali_se on November 18th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, how lovely! Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures.
miwahnimiwahni on November 23rd, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed them. If you're ever down in this part of the world you should go, it's really worth seeing.
Calisecali_se on November 23rd, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, it would definitely be a "must do" thing if I ever visited your neck of the woods. :)

Btw, there is a birthday greeting on my journal for you.
miwahni: Boosh Listen to your heartmiwahni on November 24th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
Oh I'm sorry - I haven't glanced at my friends list over the last fortnight! Scurrying off to look now....