Family Cruise January 2013 Tauranga / Hobbiton


April 25, 2013 4:48 PM

tauranga-port

One of the stops on the cruise was Tauranga. There’s a famous beach town called Mount Maunganui in the area but we merely drove past it (v. pretty with lotsa nice houses) because we were set to visit Hobbiton, the sheep farm/set where they shot the LoTR and Hobbit movies. It was about an hour and a half drive away from the port.

tour-van

Our guide at Hobbiton told us that one reason Peter Jackson chose this specific area to shoot the movies was that for large swaths of it, you do not see any roads or power and telephone lines. This photo that I took on the way there shows this to be true.

pristine-farm-land

Sheep farming is THE industry in this area.

lotsa-sheep

hobbiton

Obligatory tourist shots.

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The place is spectacular.

hobbiton-houses

But we were told that a lot of things were not real. Like this tree above Bag End. Apparently all the leaves were painstakingly stuck onto the iron tree frame by film students from the area.

bag-end

Going there and back to the port took us a good part of the only day we have at this place but it was well worth it. 🙂

hobbiton-woods

2 thoughts on “Family Cruise January 2013 Tauranga / Hobbiton

  1. BigZapfer

    Yeah NZ is a amazing. And the rural road that connect the towns! wish I had something rally breed instead of our rental car, so much fun.

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