A few days ago we were in the port of Tauranga for the day. We chose to go on a ship arranged shore excursion for a half day visit to the Lord of the Rings Movie set called Hobbiton.
The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed in many locations across New Zealand. One of these was a farm outside of Tauranga where Peter Jackson had the Hobbits homes built and some of the outdoor scenes in the Lord of the Rings films were filmed here. Also just recently (about 5 weeks ago) filming wrapped up on the new movies to be released in December 2012 about the Hobbits. These are not part of the trilogy but there are supposed two films coming out as part of this new feature on the Hobbits.
I can't post any photos as we had to sign a confidentiality agreement about not divulging the photos until the movie comes out but needless to say, if you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it is a real treat to come here and see where it was filmed.
The guide was fantastic explaining where all the scenes were filmed and putting things into perspective.
The tour was $139 per adult and $99 per child but was worthwhile. There was a nice bus ride also there and back where we got to see more green countryside in New Zealand.
The day was forecast for rain so we prepared with umbrellas but we were lucky that the rain spared us and the sun even came out for a glimpse for a short while.