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Hobbiton

Photo by Pepijn Schmitz

Hobbiton

Matamata, New Zealand

Even if you’ve never seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you’re probably aware of the Hobbiton movie set in Shires Rest, Matamata, New Zealand. Set amid the picturesque Waikato Region of the North Island, Hobbiton was literally built from the imagination of director Peter Jackson into the rolling green hills of the farm of Ian Alexander. To tour this “Middle Earth” icon, check out hobbitontours.com.