Despite having lived in #NewZealand for almost five years, until last weekend we had yet to visit the #HobbitonMovieSet near Matamata. It's not that we specifically avoided the place, it's just that Matamata was always somewhere we simply passed through on the way to our other adventures. Having thoroughly enjoyed the #LordoftheRings and #Hobbit movies we always wanted to visit some day. So when @HamiltonWaikato Tourism offered us the chance to attend International Hobbit Day, we jumped at the opportunity. We joined a small group and with our guide, took an early evening wander through the set. The setting, nestled in a valley amongst rolling green hills, is simply spectacular and the set itself incredible. Whether you're a fan of the movies or not you'll be amazed at the incredible attention to detail and the lengths to which Peter Jackson went to bring the stories to life. We can see now why this is such a popular attraction and well worth visiting as you #ExploreNewZealand.