I accomplished a huge life goal by coming to Hobbiton and checking out where The Lord Of The Rings was filmed! It was so beautiful! Everything was so green.
Our tour guide was named Jake, and he MOVED to New Zealand from the U.K. just to try to work here! He said he sent a letter a week for almost half a year before they finally hired him. He's living his dream job! He loves LOTR and challenged us to give him a question he couldn't answer! (we couldn't stump him).
It was amazing to see how much work and detail went into filming the movie. Jake said some of the places were only in the movie for 3-4 seconds, but they worked on this place for over two years!
They only let us go inside one place, unfortunately there was nothing inside but a dirt room! All the filming of inside the places was done at a studio in Wellington.
When our tour was over, we had some special ice cream called Hobbit Crunch! It was delicious!