The Hobbiton set is deep in the hills near Matamata. The set was rebuilt for The Hobbit Trilogy as a permenant feature as the original set was made of plywood and polystyrene and only meant as a temporary structure for the Lord of the Rings films.

The family who owned the land approached Peter Jackson and the film company to see if they could turn it into a tourist attraction after filming had finished.

There are several full size, 90% and 60% Hobbit holes so the film makers could use trick photography to make the actors look like Hobbits who were no more than 5ft 4in.








Throw another shrimp on the BBQ

Well today was family day with peopleĀ from the UK, Australia and New Zealand meeting up for a traditional kiwi BBQimage image

imageFamily old and new met and had a great time in the late summer Sun


we spent our first full night in the camper, which was fun and soon we head South.


down to the beach to walk the dogs, play football and then a fish supper. Red Snapper is the fish of choice and very nice it is too. It turned a bit cold for the oldies so we ate in the van.