5. Visit Bilbo Baggins’s House at Matamata
Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans would die for this epic experience. Situated a two-hour drive south from Auckland, Matamata is where Hobbiton and The Shire come to live. The lush farmland of the Hamilton – Waikato region is famous for its green pastures, rolling hills and more than 44 unique hobbit holes (including Bilbo Baggins’s house)! You can visit the Hobbiton Movie set on a guided tour to hear the fascinating commentary of how it was all created. You will get to see the mill, double arched bridge and the famous Party Tree before a drink at the Green Dragon Inn. Farmstays are also available in Matamata. Talk about having lived out an adventure!