Picture of the Day 05.01.2015
I have been to Middle-Earth! Most people probably know that Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed in New Zealand and you can actually visit the original sets of the Shire just 2 hours outside of Auckland. Well of course it's to expensive and full of tourists but I just had to do it. And it is an amazing place. The landscape itself is extremely beautiful and even without the set worth a visit but the sets are truly incredible. There are just so many little details everywhere and you can see why the movies where so expensive but also successful. I would have loved to spent so much time there but unfortunately you can only visit it with a guided tour which takes about half an hour and ends with a beer in the Green Dragon. But I guess with 200 tourists a day that's the only way to do it and the tour is actually really fun and informative. So yea definitely a recommendation for Hobbiton despite the rather high price of 80$ and how knows when you will ever have the next chance to visit the Shire?