7th September 2015 - journey to The Shire
07.09.2015 - 07.09.2015 17 °C
So usually my alarm goes at 6.30am and it is PAINFUL knowing I have to cycle to work. But today I couldn't wait to get up earlier than that!
My lovely friend Faye Preston came over for a visit from England and I couldn't wait to meet her. I'd lovingly crafted a poster to greet her with at the airport (FACT: If a friend is coming from far away you have to make a poster). I did feel bad that the poster people next to me only had black and white and had waited over an hour. Mine was coloured in and I waited all of 3 minutes before Faye walked through the gate!
Once we were out of the airport and in the car we were straight off to HOBBITON. It's obviously something New Zealand is well known for and I wanted to go but had never seen any of the films. So getting to take a real Lord of Rings fan made it so much more fun! In the two hour car journey to the farm we chatted away for ages. I don't think either of us paused for breath the entire time.
After driving past incredible scenery we arrived at the farm. And it was like someone had PAINTED IT.
The fields were the greenest green you'd ever seen and there were hundreds of baby lambs everywhere. It actually made me have a little moment where I couldn't believe I was actually there.
Making it even more amazing was sharing it with a friend I hadn't seen in over a year - and the look on her face was brilliant! She was probably tired as hell but bless her she was giddy with excitement.
After a look round the gift shop and photos with the sign (standard requirement) we hopped on the tour bus to take us into Hobbiton itself.
Our enthusiastic guide told us lots of interesting facts about the film and was clearly a massive fan as he kept stopping to explain what scenes had been filmed where.
The little houses, clothing lines, vegetable patches and gardens looked AWESOME. It was like being inside a toy village. Even the little details like the names on the mailboxes were all there. It looked so cool.
Everyone "ooohed" and "aahhhed" as we walked around the village and for the first time in ages the sunshine came out, making it even more picturesque.
We were told about a tree at the top of the hill, which apparently didn't have the right "look" for the film, so some poor film crew members had painstakingly cut and painted thousands of individual leaves to glue onto the tree. It looked really green and stood out from the rest of the landscape at the top of hill.
After walking round the village we crossed over the bridge to The Green Dragon Inn. Sadly this is the point at which my camera died, but we got to dress up in Hobbiton costumes and enjoy a beverage (non-alcoholic ginger beer for me as the designated driver). Faye - I need to steal the pictures off you!
The whole experience was amazing! I was so pleased it was the first thing we got to do on our tour of the north island.
I strongly recommend Hobbiton to anyone whether they are a fan of the films or not. It is a fab day out and something really special to do with a good friend :-)
Click here to visit the Hobbiton website.