Matamata (or Hobbiton if you prefer)
Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
27Trip End Apr 12, 2009
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It actually was quite nice and a very picturesque place to wander around. A guided tour is the only way you can get close up to the remaining Hobbit-holes and it took about 2 hours. The highlight was of course going inside Bag End even if the inside of it was nothing like what we saw in the movies as those were filmed on a studio set in Wellington. The surroundings themselves (including the party tree and the lake (go re-watch the movie if this is not familiar :P) are gorgeous to just soak up.
We also got our first sourvenir at Matamata, namely the beer (called SobeRing Thought) that the actors drank during filming so that they could still have a cool refreshing beer, but not be completely drunk while on camera :P The beer is only 1% strong and we haven't actually tried it yet, but Trude suspects that it will not make it back home (It's in the fridge right now........).