If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, visiting Hobbiton absolutely has to be on your bucket list. Hobbiton, in Middle Earth (okay, New Zealand), is actually on a 1250-acre sheep farm in the New Zealand countryside, and was scouted by Peter Jackson (director of both Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogy) himself.

The set was originally built for the Lord of the Rings films, then torn down, but when they rebuilt it again in 2009 for the Hobbit trilogy, they decided to make the set in permanent materials and it is now the mecca for all fans of Middle Earth.

Hobbiton is just as beautiful and tranquil in real life as it looks on the big screen – there are stunning lakes, rolling green hills, azure blue skies and perfectly round doors nestled in the hillsides.

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