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Tuesday, 28 September 2010


On Saturday my son and I did the tour of the Alexander's farm near Matamata where the
Hobbiton set for the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. I have been there before, almost exactly a year ago, for I remember that the new spring lambs were leaping all over the place then too.

This time there are many changes. Despite the recent news about actors' unions, preparations are in evidence everywhere and 'Hobbiton' is well on the way to being re-created with even more care and attention to detail than ever before. It was really wonderful to see everything in progress, and be given such a marvelous lot of information. And we took about 180 photos. However, as you see by the contract we each had to sign, I am not permitted to show you a single one, nor disclose anything!

So, all I can say is that we both highly recommend the tour to anyone, even if you are not a fan of the movies. It's a magical place already, and going to be even more so.


  1. Eh? Surely there are other things to see in NZ. Have you got any beaches or mountains over there? Any McDonalds bistros?

  2. Well, we'll just have to take your word for it, won't we.

    the other option is to drop by your house where you have left the photos open....

    I'm surprised you were actually allowed to take pics if there was so much secrecy involved!

  3. I expect to be at Matamata later in the year. I shall try and see it. I've never been on the farm/set before. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. YP. I'll have to do a special ' NZ scenery must-sees' month for you.

    Violet. Drop by any time! But if you come this far, I'd book a Hobbiton Tour if I were you!

    GB. I hope you can take a dog-leg out here to Tauranga?

  5. I love all things Tolkien (well, most) and therefore I loved Peter Jackson's films of LotR. I am looking forward to seeing The Hobbit and all that wonderful New Zealand scenery.

  6. That's a teaser... ;) I'm looking forward to seeing the film, some time in the future.

  7. I'd love to Katherine. In fact The Croquet Nationals are being played in Tauranga next February too - I shall be at Katikati and/or Wihi.


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