I-Mockery's Great New Zealand Road Trip! Alpine Crossing, Zorbing, Glow Worm Caves, Hobbiton Tours, and More!
by: -RoG-


[Auckland] [Hobbiton Tour] [OGO Rotorua/ Zorbing] [Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland]
[Glow Worm Caves] [The Tongariro Alpine Crossing] [Wellington, Weta Cave, & Airport]

After a long, scenic drive through New Zealand farmlands, we arrive at our Hobbiton destination.

Don't mind if I do.

I am shocked... SHOCKED to see sheep in New Zealand.

Re strikes a pose.

We board a nice, yet really old bus that somehow has the power to still take us to our destination.

And off we go.

Okay, so they didn't have the "Welcome to Hobbiton" movie set sign planted in the ground yet.
But hey, leaned up against a hill works just as well.

I was hoping for Gandalf pointing at me saying "Only YOU can prevent Hobbit fires".

And in we go.

Why hello, paradise.

A wheelbarrow... I mean, a tiny wheelbarrow.

Which way shall we go?

What's really impressive is the amount of detail that goes into even the smallest things in Hobbiton.
Keep in mind, half of the Hobbit holes are only seen in the background, so it's nice to see that equal care
was given to creating every one of them, whether they were major character residences or not.

Pull up a chair.

Nice view.

A groundskeeper works on the impressive Baggins hole.
What's crazy is that tree was brought in from elsewhere, but they had to cut off all the branches in order to do so.
So when the pieces of the tree arrived, they reattached every single branch as it originally appeared on the tree.

Care for some honey?

You really do feel like a giant walking around the Hobbiton set. Here I am about to smash a tiny log to pieces.

Where are the taters?

Another Hobbit home.

Off in the distance, you can see the little town area.

Here's the one Hobbit hole we were allowed to go inside.
Of course, this particular one had the largest door of all, so it's the only one that doesn't make you feel like a giant.

Out of nowhere, it starts to rain, so we hide under a tree.

Another Hobbit home...

...and another. Gotta love the miniscule mailboxes too.

There's still plenty more from the
New Zealand Road Trip to see!

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Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Feb 27th, 2013, 03:52 PM
Hi RoG, These pictures are awesome! Was it expensive to go there? I have put visiting New Zealnd on my bucket-list before I die. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

-Frickin' Awesome!
Forum Virgin
Feb 27th, 2013, 04:13 PM
Great vacation...Hobbit holes, glow worms, exploding volcanoes and everything! How long was the trip?
Comic Artist in Training
Feb 27th, 2013, 09:30 PM
I don't know if I'll see Dark Escape at the nearby Dave and Busters.

Burger Rings?

That really is some great scenery for the Shire. Great sets too.

That is a big metal sheep.

Plenty of sheep indeed.

Is that ash all over those woods?

Seriously, that reddish shore looks like something on Mars. Are all those other things in Wonderland rendered in Technicolor too?

Plenty of sheep indeed.

Look at all those glowing worms.

Look at that mushroom cloud! And look at that smoke!

More sheep.

"It was beauty who killed the beast."

I understand Christopher Tolkien has been displeased with the movies. He should get a load of that burlesque show!
Forgets Passwords Easily
Feb 28th, 2013, 12:19 AM
wow, what i would give to be on a volcano when it erupts! almost anything, aside from the gear it would take for me to get away from the volcano
Feb 28th, 2013, 11:13 AM
Great article! Being in NZ just before The Hobbit released must have been surreal enough, but then to see all that other stuff, and an erupting volcano? You and Re must have some of the best luck in the world when it comes to vacations. I don't suppose you made a video of you seeing things in NZ by any chance?
Pickled Patriarch
Mar 1st, 2013, 09:37 PM
Rob Man - It was something we had been saving up to do. It's definitely not cheap, but the flights weren't too bad since we live on the West Coast 'n all.

ForgottenInvader - We were there about a week and a half.

A-bomb - Hehe, yeah we really do have some incredible luck when it comes to traveling and vacations. Couldn't believe the volcano eruption... I mean, what are the odds!? As for a video of us seeing things in NZ... nah. We shot some footage of the volcano 'n all, but the rest of the video stuff was just us driving in the car and looking at all the scenery. I'll go through it again sometime, but I think the photos tell the story of our New Zealand road trip adventure much better.
Forum Virgin
Apr 26th, 2013, 11:43 PM
I'm glad you posted this. It may have been life-changing to me, in a literal way. I only intended to take a short break when I read it and got sucked in for nearly an hour. It really makes me contemplate what kind of things I'd like to do in the long-run of my own life.

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