New Zealand: Hobbiton

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For the second leg of our trip, we packed up all of our belongings and headed for Hobbiton.  Before I start the article, let me caveat:  I am a big fan of the Lord of the Rings; I’ve watched all the movies and read all the books.  In fact, before coming to New Zealand Fausto and I re-watched all the movies in anticipation of our visit to the Hobbiton movie set.  This place is the number one tourist attraction in New Zealand, and for good reason.  Even for people who have not immersed themselves in the world of Middle Earth, this absolutely beautiful imagining of The Shire made it a must visit. For the LOTR fans, a visit to the home of the hobbits is a fantasy come true. Continue reading