Walk with me…

This was one of the highlights in our one-week stay in Auckland, New Zealand.

It was at the gathering we had with Melissa and her friends in Wellington when somebody asked whether we would be going to Hobbiton when we got to Auckland. Being unfamiliar with the LOTR (Lord of the Rings) Trilogy and all things related, I did not know about this place at all and thought that all this while, they filmed the movies at places around Wellington. I quickly texted my friend there and asked if we could go and almost instantly, she replied that we would be going.

When I told Melissa that, she was smiling from ear to ear – so very happy and thrilled about it. I did encourage her to go on a tour to one of the LOTR shooting locations near Wellington when she was there but she never did as she was bogged down with her studies and assignments and besides, those tours were not cheap and she could not get any of her coursemates to go with her.

So there we were on a tour of the movie set of The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

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We boarded a coach at the information centre in Matamata and it took us to this place. On the way there, we were briefed on how the movie producer/director, Peter Jackson went in a helicopter all over New Zealand in search of the perfect location to shoot the movie…and he spotted the Alexander Farm. To cut a long story short, a deal was drawn up and the Alexanders were sent on a long holiday, all expenses paid…while their farm was used for the shooting of the film.

Upon arrival at the place, we got off the coach and went on another one that took us to a drop-off point in the site proper and from there, we had to walk to get around the huge place to see all the things there. Walk??? Omigawd!!!! Luckily, I had a heavy breakfast and had the energy to last through it all.

There were many hobbit holes

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…one after another…

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…and this one had a chimney even…

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On the tour, I saw many things of interest, like this scarecrow, for instance…

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Actually, that was the first time I had ever seen a “real” scarecrow! They certainly do not make them like this in our part of the world.

I loved this letter box too…

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– that would be ideal for the delivery boy to put the newspaper in the early morning especially when it is raining…and this must be their carpentry workshop…

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…and when we walked past this place…

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I was so tickled and could not help calling out to my friend to tell her that on her previous visit, she had left something that belonged to her there. Can you guess what I was talking about? LOL!!!

This must be where the Hobbits reared their bees for honey…

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…and there were some very nice, quaint-looking houses around, here…

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…and there…

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The scenery at the place was simply awesome…

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…and would surely take your breath away. You may be able to see how the rolling plains in the distance were dotted with sheep…

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After all, this was supposed to be a sheep….

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…and cattle…

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farm.

This one shows you the Green Dragon,Β “a place to drink, a place to meet, a place to rest your hairy feet.”

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You can see it in the distance, right after the bridge and in the photograph, you can see the long and winding path on which we had to walk to get around the place – uphill, downhill…through valleys and forests…past cabbage patches…

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…and those of you who have seen the movie would be familiar with this – the Party Tree

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…and thankfully, at the end of it all, we were served free beer and cider…

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…at the pub in the aforementioned Green Dragon. I had neither though but I downed a few glasses of water at one go after that long trek around the movie set. I think that was the first and only time when I was in New Zealand that I ended up sweating…but just a bit!

I went around the place and spotted this window which I thought would make very nice pictures so I took a few of Melissa sitting there. This is one of them…

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All in all, it was a great experience and we had a wonderful time going around the place. To think that originally, the Alexanders wanted everything in their farm restored to its original state after the filming was over and done but luckily, they had a change of heart and decided to keep the place as it was and to open it up to movie lovers and anybody who would care to drop by.

Thank you so very much to my NZ friends for making this lifetime opportunity possible. We had a great time and we certainly hope you did too.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

26 thoughts on “Walk with me…”

  1. u lucky thing. U have a lot more to see than I did. Now u must go watch the movie.

    Yes, planning to go but I hear it’s 3 hours!!! Gosh! LOL!!!

  2. psst, I told Melissa that whilst she’s Auckland, she must go take a look at this place. I was filled with emotion when I went there coz I love LOTR.

    She certainly was thrilled to no end at the chance of going there… It would be nice if they had people dressed up as hobbits or any of the other characters for people to have their photos taken with them. Would be more interesting.

    1. Errr… I would rather not have any ppl dressed up as hobbits walking around.That can be quite tacky. Just keep it sweet and simple, please.. Hehehe.

      I guess you’re right. Those characters would distract people’s attention from the beauty of the place. After all, it’s a movie set, not a theme park…but maybe they can have one stationed at the sign and people can have their photographs taken with him and pay him – I would be available for that! Great opportunity to work and stay in New Zealand. Hehehehehe!!!!

  3. You bad, bad, naughty, awful, wicked, uncaring, heartless, unfeeling,abominable, atrocious, evil, heinous,loathsome, offensive, apprehensible, repugnant, repulsive, sinful, immoral,calamitous, damnable, monstrous, nefarious, sinister man ( I would list more synonyms but my thesaurus right now is a bit limited)* stick out tongue and showing you the finger *

    What? What? *blinks innocently* Muahahahahaha!!!! Justyn was so tickled by it too. I’m so mean hor… I wonder how people can stand me. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  4. What a charming place! Was wondering what it was the Shereen “left behind”. Was it the broom, the witch’s broom in the corner? Hee..hee… D

    Hahahahahaha!!!! Shereen would be even more fuming mad when she sees this! I’m so bad hor…so unkind to such a very good friend! πŸ˜‰

  5. What a beautiful experience! The scenery is awesome… now I know what a hobbit is… hahaha…

    Truly an experience of a lifetime!!! Really something to cherish and remember! πŸ™‚

  6. how nice.. King Kampuarthur should show us more of his handsome photos with beautiful scenery rather than showing us food everyday.. hehe!! :p

    No food in the next post either…or at least, not in the real sense of the word…so it is safe for you to come back to check it out at noon today. Hehehehehehe!!!!

    1. i guess many would think that the photo of Arthur is sweeter than the desserts he posts~~ agree?? :p

      Hmmm…what are you up to, eh? >.<

  7. What a beautiful place……

    That is so very true!!! Amazingly so and I’m so glad I had the chance to drop by there! πŸ™‚

  8. im an avid LOTR fansi! would definitely visit this cute farm one day!

    btw STP your t-shirt berry cute!

    My friend, Shereen, got from New York – don’t play-play. The words say: “Hello! I’m sexy and I know it!” LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Ya, you should go some day – worth it!

  9. YES. Glad that you visited the movie site. I heard so much of it before and now seeing your photos make me wanna visit it too. NZ has nice greenery view.

    You should. I think NZ is a place worth visiting – not for shopping though – things are very expensive. Ideal for touring, relaxing and enjoying the captivating sights.

  10. Eh this is a nice place! I’d love it too! See the sheep, so cute~

    Like your shirt, very cute lor!

    The ones here, ok. The rest of the place – all sheared…no more wool, stripped naked so they did not look so nice. LOL!!! Nice t-shirt, eh? LOL!!!

  11. Lovely & beautiful places. So cute the letter box and gosh!!…love the cabbage.

    Ya, really loved this place. Had a great tour. Everything’s so fascinating there really…

  12. that’s indeed a lovely house
    it would be fun to have a house like that haha
    for me round doors were uniquely cool

    Would be perfect for round people like me, eh? Muahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

  13. the pasture were so pleasing in sight
    i love seeing green fields like that

    Lovely scenery, very pleasing to the eyes and soothing to the soul… πŸ™‚

  14. hmmmm…keep looking at that picture, wondering what Shereen left behind on her last visit.

    Hobbit, i have yet to watch that. 😦

    Beautiful scenery !

    I haven’t watched the movie either – 3 hours, they say…so long!

    1. See! Annie is so sweet and innocent. Don’t you dare to corrupt her, Arthur Wee!!!!

      Hahahahaha!!!! She can look at Phong Hong’s comment….so don’t blame me. I did not say it out loud. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

      1. AH!! Ok, i just go back and read Phong Hong’s comment. I saw that broom, but i was thinking, Shereen was sweet, that broom not suitable for her to “fly” around with. hahahha

        Hahahahaha!!!! She flies business class lah, got style, got class one…where got on a broom? LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  15. Gosh, the scenery is leaving me speechless. I feel like booking my flight on SIA and fly out to Auckland and Wellington now. =D

    You’re in Singapore? SIA flies direct to Auckland, others will go via cities in Australia. From KL, you will have to fly MAS if you want to go direct.

    1. That was just a saying. I’m still in KL, will have to check on SIA’s website. Don’t like flying MAS now; it’s too pricey for me.

      Oh? SIA is known to be the most expensive, so I’ve been told…but people praise it to the skies….

  16. An interesting tour indeed. No wonder you mentioned about lots of walking in your earlier post! You’ve never watched the LOTR trilogy, Arthur?! How can….want me to loan you the DVDs? hehehe. You should, then you’ll appreciate the tour better, I think..
    Dunno why, looking at the cabbage patch makes me happy…?
    And btw, I like the other photo of Melissa which you’ve posted on FB, looking “forlornly” through the window…nice πŸ™‚

    I don’t watch movies…but I do know of all these things – Melissa saw and she has read the book – the tour was more for her than for me actually but even so, I really enjoyed it very very much.

  17. What a beautiful place. The view is breathtaking. I only got to see this in the LOTR movie.

    Most certainly is! Hey, where have you been? Haven’t seen around for ages…and ages…. Hope all’s ok at your end. Take care there, and a belated Happy New Year to you and your family.

  18. Was tied up with work earlier. Need to complete all my task before my Korea trip earlier. I’m back now. Happy belated new year to you and your family too πŸ™‚

    Same to you and yours.

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