There’s plenty for fans of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies to see and do in the Waikato.
IIf the Shire is at the heart of Middle Earth, then the Hamilton and Waikato region is at the heart of the Shire.
When scouting around for locations for his epic three movie adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Kiwi director Peter Jackson found just what he was looking for in the green rolling paddocks, rugged limestone outcrops and underground caverns of the Hamilton and Waikato region.
The bucolic setting for the Shire, home of the Hobbits, including Bag End and The Party Tree standing majestically over the lake, was nestled on a sheep farm near the Waikato town of Matamata, just waiting for Sir Peter Jackson’s magical director’s touch.
My group of friends had all agreed on a Middle Earth themed getaway, and after spending the day exploring Hamilton City