Short hob­bits, tall tales

South Waikato News - - Your Health - SIOB­HAN DOWNES

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.

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