One of the things I had really looked forward to before the trip was a visit to Hobbiton, the movie set used by Peter Jackson for the making of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I know this is completely artificial but … I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings while in college – my friend Joe had suggested I would enjoy them and I really did.
The location is near the city of Matamata. Many tour buses will take you to the site but since we had a vehicle we drove there. It is in a very pretty rural location. Buses take you in groups from the parking area to the actual site and a guide takes you through.
I really enjoyed the tour. They have maintained it very well.