We spent an hour wandering around inside Hobbiton – the original location where they filmed the opening scenes in Lord of the Rings. One of the few sets that they didn’t tear down after making the movie. It was absolutely amazing, really felt like walking around inside a hobbit village! It was all there – the Green Dragon Inn, the huge party tree, Bilbo’s hobbit hole, etc. The interiors were mostly empty though, since those scenes were shot elsewhere.
While driving around in the northern island of New Zealand we totally understand why they filmed Lord of the Rings here. All the different types of terrain are here – cute grassy hills, massive mountains, dramatic cliffs, ancient forests, you name it.