To be honest, I’ve already stopped counting the number of times I’ve watched the entire Lord of the Rings saga, which I deeply enjoyed and still do. Here’s an absolutely picturesque private farmland in Hobbiton, near Matamata, in New Zealand’s North Island, where people can visit the actual Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogy.
The peak of Matamata’s Hobbiton tour is the Green Dragon pub, a must-visit for such enthusiasts. Brian Massey, project manager and art director, has been at the lead of the construction of the Green Dragon Pub, alongside a large team of 80 people consisting of landscapers and tradespeople.
They have worked full-time in order to bring the gorgeous interior of the Green Dragon Pub together, right in time for the world premiere of Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The décor is put together in such a way that it provides visitors with a genuine hobbit-like experience, while at the same time allowing them to enjoy some warm Hobbit-style English beers, ciders, ginger ales or cold amber ales, from ceramic beer steins.
Quite interestingly, Warner Bros has spent in excess of $100 million to promote the Hobbit movie already, while 100,000 guests have already undergone the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, around nine times more than in 2002, 90% of the lot consisting of overseas tourists.
The pub was officially opened by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, during the last month.