Hobbiton, New Zealand!
From Kat & Tony’s Newsletter:
To get to Hobbiton, you drive into farm country. Actually, most of New Zealand is farm country, but in this case you drive into places where it’s tough to get a cell signal.
We arrived late the night before — late enough that we weren’t sure whether we were going to get a camp site. It was rainy and dark, and our immaculately painted campervan seemed to have a burned out dome light. But we overcame these profound obstacles, got some rest, and arrived ten minutes after Hobbiton’s opening.
Originally, Hobbiton was built with standard, low-quality materials, because it only needed to survive a few months of filming for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Close to forty hobbit holes were built and arranged to provide a 360 degree film set, in which the director can turn the camera anywhere and get a shot that looks set in a hobbit village. After the Lord of the Rings series succeeded, Hobbiton needed to be rebuilt. This time, the directors and the farmers decided to partner on building everything out of solid materials. The end results is a mishmash of functioning gardens, real trees, fake trees, facades and partially-built interiors. Almost all of the interior shots of Bag End were conducted on a studio lot elsewhere. The interiors of all of the hobbit holes are just empty sheds. Hobbiton does have one fleshed-out interior: a full-service pub built in the Middle Earth style.
Thanks to Kat & Tony for today’s content!