Hob­biton in­vites lo­cals to visit

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

If you Google ‘‘Mata­mata’’ the that pops up is Hob­biton.

Hob­biton Movie Set and Farm Tours has put Mata­mata on the map as a ma­jor tourist desti­na­tion and the suc­cess of the Lord of the Rings tril­ogy con­tin­ues to pump mil­lions of dol­lars into the national econ­omy. This doesn’t mean any­thing to a lot of Mata­mata res­i­dents, be­cause they have no idea what is lo­cated at the bot­tom of the rolling hills at the Hob­biton Movie Set on Buck­land Rd. That’s all about to change. On Sun­day, De­cem­ber 18, the Lo­cals Open Day will be held to show­case the won-

first word der­ful, fan­tasy world of the Shire.

A lo­cals card can be pur­chased from the Mata­mata isite Cen­tre for just $10.

The lo­cals card is valid for­ever, with some spe­cial con­di­tions, if you re­main in Mata­mata and means ev­ery pay­ing guest can be ac­com­pa­nied by a Mata­mata res­i­dent who will pay no en­try fee. All that is re­quired when pur­chas­ing your lo­cals card is proof of res­i­dence. Hob­biton me­dia man­ager Ian Brodie said this was a great op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers of the Mata­mata com­mu­nity to be taken on a tour and see for them­selves why tourists and die-hard Lord of the Rings fans from around the world, flock to Hob­biton Movie Set in droves. ‘‘The set is look­ing great. We would love to see as many lo­cals at the open day as pos­si­ble,’’ he said.

Wel­come: Grab your lo­cals card and get along to the Lo­cals Open Day at the Hob­biton Movie Set on De­cem­ber 18.

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