Prepare your popcorn, 3D glasses and battle axe – the third and final installment of The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armies, is set to hit Australian cinemas 26 December 2014.
A hobbit’s world
The film set of Hobbiton lets you get out of the main cities and into the real rural New Zealand.
Dotting the landscape just two hours south of Auckland is a series of grassy Hobbit holes, snuggled perfectly into the surrounding lush green landscape. Take a two-hour guided tour to see it all, posing in front of the round doors and curved roofs of each humble Hobbit house.
Completely rebuilt after originally being created for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the set comes complete with The Mill, the double arched bridge you see on the big screen and plenty of manicured gardens and other structures.
After a journey to Middle Earth, it’s only fitting you make a stop in The Green Dragon, Hobbiton’s replica inn that was a much-loved refuelling station for the characters in both the LOTR and Hobbit trilogies.
Put your hairy feet up at the end of your tour and enjoy a complimentary drink to cool off, Hobbit style. All drinks are created specifically for the Southfarthing range, so it’s a brew you won’t be able to enjoy anywhere else. Plus, one taste of the beef and ale pie and you’ll be handing in your human card to live as a Hobbit.
Before you buy your movie ticket and trundle off to the theatre to watch the final battle unfold, consider booking a plane ticket (and reviewing Virgin Travel Insurance to see if it is right for your needs) and taking an unexpected journey to where it all began in Hobbiton – or at least, Matamata, NZ.
Out of all the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, which one is your favourite?