Hobbit Village From 'Lord Of The Rings' Is A Real Place In New Zealand (Photos)


If you know anything about Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings," you know that the movie's production budget was upward of $250 million.

That's a lot of money for a movie, especially when most movies aren't even pulling in a fraction of that in their first opening week. However, "Lord of the Rings" isn't to be grouped in with just any old movie.

As a matter of fact, with a budget like that, Jackson was able to work alongside some pretty awesome creative teams and develop an actual hobbit village in New Zealand where scenes from the movie were shot.

If you were to venture out to Matamata, New Zealand, you'd be able to take part in a public tour of the hobbit village from "Lord of the Rings" with a company called Hobbiton Tours.

According to the Hobbiton Tours website, Jackson discovered the location when flying over the North Island looking for the perfect landscape. Although this farmland fit his vision, a lot of work was still required to turn it into a film set.

It must've been fun to be part of the construction crew that completed the task of creating an actual village, though! What's even more awesome is that it's now a tourist attraction. Move over, Times Square.

Check out the photos below for a closer look at the village.

Behold, the hobbit village from the set of the "Lord of the Rings."

Peter Jackson spotted the land while looking for the best place to build the village.

The movie's hefty budget was able to bring this dream to reality.

Instead of demolishing the set, it was turned into a tourist attraction.

Skyscrapers and neon signs are cool, but this? This is breathtaking!

If you're ever in Matamata, New Zealand, you might want to pay this place a visit.

Check out the video below for a closer look inside:

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Citations: Hobbiton Tours A Public Tour in New Zealand of the Real Hobbit Village From the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Films (Laughing Squid), Box Office History for Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings Movies (The Numbers)