Matamata (Hobbiton)

Yes, it’s touristy – but only a bit, and you really must go there. It’s absolutely beautiful, stunning, magical… despite the fact there are 500 other tourists there at the same time. The Hobbit holes (homes) are enchanting; the Lake and the Party Tree, and the Green Dragon pub, are just perfect. Everything just fits, and it’s SO New Zealand and SO Olde World England at the same time. And if you can also run into two fellow bellringers (Andy & Daphne) from Britain, well so much the better. Worth every cent of the $85!