Short hobbits, tall tales
Embrace your inner (or outer) hairy feet and visit New Zealand’s real life version of The Shire.
‘‘Did you know, for instance, it was someone's job to catch all of the frogs in the pond each morning.’’ Siobahn Downes
international guest around the country. You might even roll your eyes at the thought, thinking it’s just another Middle-earth tourist trap.
But you would be mistaken. Hobbiton is the one tour to rule them all. It is truly world class, and can be enjoyed by everyone - locals or tourists, Lord of the Rings nuts or non-believers. A 20-minute drive from Hobbiton is the quirky wee township of Tirau, which is the home of the famous corrugated iron Big Sheep, Big Dog and Big Ram buildings. Stop for a snack at the delightfully named Bugger Cafe (even just to check out the hilarious decor), and go for a wander down the main road, peeking into the antique and craft stores.