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Hobbiton's 20th birthday

On 10 December 2001, the first instalment of Sir Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring first premiered on the world stage at Odeon Leicester Square in London. It was also the the debut of New Zealand as the fictional world of Middle-earth, and a sheep and beef farm just outside Matamata as Hobbiton, the home of the Hobbits.

To mark this milestone, Hobbiton Movie Set will celebrate with a special outdoor film screening where the adventure first began, on the grassy clearing of The Party Field, where Bilbo celebrated his eleventyfirst birthday.

On Friday 10 December guests will follow the same path as Frodo and Gandalf did in the first scenes of the film on a guided tour. They will be escorted through the twelve-acre outdoor movie set and hear fascinating details of how this location was transformed from a slice of Kiwi farmland into the Shire as it appeared on the silver screen.

After a visit to Bag End, home of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, and a wander down the meandering paths of the Shire, guests will arrive into The Green Dragon Marketplace with traditional Hobbit fare bursting from the market stalls.

The exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverages will flow, alongside the Middle-earth wine range, and interactive games will be played.

Groups will be shown back to the Party Field, where a 13-metre outdoor cinema screen will be waiting for an open air screening of the 4K theatrical cut of The Fellowship of the Ring. Tickets are on sale now CLICK HERE.