So I have to admit that one of the main reasons why I wanted to go to New Zealand was because of Hobbiton. I love Lord of the Rings and I always have and I always will. When Candice and I decided that we would go to New Zealand, visiting the Lord of the Rings set was one of my number one things that I wanted to do. My dad went the year before me and totally loved it so I knew that I had to go there.
The first full day we had in Auckland, we actually didn’t spend the entire day in Auckland because we woke up at 6 in the morning to go to the bus stop and wait for our shuttle. There’s a great little tour company that will pick you up near where you are staying in Auckland and then bring you out to Hobbiton and back to the city. The total cost of the tour includes the shuttle, the bus, the tour, a meal, a beverage and 10 NZD to the gift shop. We hiked over to our bus stop which was about 3 blocks away from our Airbnb and we waited for the shuttle. Once it pulled up, we were driven into downtown Auckland which is quite an interesting experience on the day after New Years. The city is still empty and it is very quiet compared to what you expect for one of the biggest cities in the country.
We met up with the rest of our tour group, hopped onto a tour bus and made our way two hours outside of the city to start our adventure toward Hobbiton.
On the way, the bus driver will make a stop at a coffee shop so that everyone gets a chance to get some food and coffee before heading to Hobbiton.
It’s one of the great things about New Zealand is that there are quaint little food places all along the road so if you’re hungry, you won’t be far from finding food.
We got our coffee and some pastries to go and began our journey toward Hobbiton.