There is so much more to profit from movies than just enjoying the fictive world of action, fantasy and myth. Especially when former studio sets are turned into permanent attraction spots. After Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter Studio in London, doors are now open to visit Hobbiton – certainly not only a place for die-hard Hobbit film fans, but for nature lovers seeking a time out of the cities noise. Located in Matamata, a small agricultural town in the Waikato region of New Zealand (about two hours from the major city of Auckland), you can now visit the 12-acre huge Hobbiton village which is home to 44 unique Hobbit holes, a double arched bridge and the Green Dragon Inn and Bar. There are guided tours that offer some fascinating details of how the set was created and accommodations available at nearby farms, so you can spend some more time enhaling the rural area’s fresh air. For booking enquiries visit www.hobbitontours.com.
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