We visited Middle-Earth, or so it would seem, at the Hobbiton Movie Set near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand – situated amongst some of the most picturesque private farmland one could imagine. The once temporary set used to film the Lord of the Rings trilogy was completely and identically rebuilt for The Hobbit, and so it will remain as part of a permenant private tourist attraction (now that the Hobbit movies have come to an end). During our time in the Shire we visited Hobbit Holes, most notably Bag End, and the Party Tree and gathering area for Bilbo’s eleventy-first birthday celeration. We walked along [seemingly] well trodded grass pathways beyond the mill and over the double arched stone bridge, finishing our journey with a half pint of the Gaffer’s home brew at The Green Dragon Inn. All in all, a pretty damn amazing place and afternoon – a highly recommended attraction should you find yourself in the North Island of Middle Earth, also know as New Zealand.