The Hobbiton movie set tour is about what you would expect. For two hours you are guided through the Hobbit village with 44 hobbit holes with lots of photo-ops. The set looks exactly how you would image it if you have seen the movies. The Bag End oak tree was completely fake with steel branches and plastic leaves imported from Thailand. There was only one hole that you could actually go into, but inside wasn’t decorated at all–it was just to film the actors opening the door, or standing at the door. The indoor shots of the hobbit holes were created somewhere else.
The attention to detail was amazing and the stories the guides told made me think that working on a set for Peter Jackson would have been very difficult (especially if you were the one who had to paint leaves or change apples to pears, etc. )
Although it was certainly a tourist site it was pretty cool to wander around a movie set and the kids especially enjoyed it because we were currently watching the movies with them.
Some of my many photos on our tour.
The tour ends at the Green Dragon Inn where you can have a beer, ginger beer, or hard cider along with various other treats.