I’ll start off by saying that I am not a Lord of the Rings superfan. But visiting the Hobbiton movie set (aka the Shire!) was one of my favorite memories in New Zealand!
It was highly touristy but very well organized. We learned a lot of interesting facts from our guide and the set itself is so beautifully preserved. It was surprising to hear that after the LOTR movies, the set was pretty much dismantled. It wasn’t until the Hobbit trilogy came to fruition that the Shire came to life again!