New Zealand Locations Guide
Short guides of what I liked and did not like about the many New Zealand locations that I visited. I said short guides so don't expect insider's tips and local's advices, just my honest opinion on each place that I visted in this amazing country. For thorough guides on almost every New Zealand areas, towns, national parks and much much more, go check out Backpackerguide.NZ
Matamata (Hobbiton) - North Island
This is an absolute must for any Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fan! You owe it to your friends and family at home to send back photos of yourself with a Hobbit hole, because more like than not, The Lord of the Rings is the only thing they will know about New Zealand. Anyway, Hobbiton is an outdoor movie set near the small town of Matamata. It's just two hour's drive from Auckland and it definitely looks like something from a fantasy. Nestled in green rolling hills of Waikato, the movie set has more detail than you would care to notice in the movies. The tour lasts about two hours, complete with fascinating stories, then ends with a drink at the Green Dragon.