I am incredibly grateful I didn’t listen to all the debbie-downers because Hobbiton was MAGICAL!! I’m such a nerd for these movies, so being able to see it in-person was the cherry on top, and I may have gotten a little gushy on the inside. Overall I was taken back with everything. There is no place like NZ, the stunning scenery, the endless hours that the workers spent on handmade props, everything. Breathtaking is an understatment! Pictures don’t do justice, so being the case some turned out, in-person can never be as good. This is for sure a must-see when travelling to middle earth.