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Smial at Hobbiton. Public Domain.
Location: Near Matamata, Waikato region, North Island. Matamata Information Centre, 45 Broadway, Matamata
Open: All year daily 9:30, 10:45, 12, 13:15, 14:30, 15:45, 17. [2006]
Fee: Adults NZD 50, Children (10-14) NZD 25, Children (0-9) free. [2006]
Classification: SubterraneaCave House
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Address: Rings Scenic Tours Ltd, Matamata Information Centre, 45 Broadway, Matamata, Tel: +64-7-888-6838, Fax: +64-7-888-5653. E-mail: contact
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Smial at Hobbiton. Public Domain.

Of course, Hobbiton does not exist. It is a location of the fantasy book Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. What exists are the remnants of the original Hobbiton village set from Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson. It is located on a private farm in the Kaimai Ranges near Matamata. The rolling green hills of the farmland reminded so much the landscape of the Shire, as described in the book.

The farm, producing sheep and and cattle, is still working, and most of the set has been removed after the filming. But 17 of the original 37 smials remain on the property. Most important is of course Bag End, the famed smial of Bilbo Baggins and Frodo. And there is the Party Tree, the remnants of the old oak tree.