Yesterday, I finally crossed out one thing from my NZ bucket list that was there all the way from the beginning: To visit the home of the halflings, Hobbiton, located in Matamata, NZ.
You can get there by booking a tour which includes a lovely guide to show you around and give you loads of useful infos (believe me, those guys are like an encyclopaedia when it comes to the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies!). The only sad thing of course is, that there are about a million people with you in middle earth at the same time. But never mind, lean back and enjoy:
Bilbo's and Frodo's house
The view over the Shire.