Today I took a trip with Bush-Beach from Auckland central to Hobbiton (Matamata), the drive of just over two hours was over in a flash courtesy of the scenic route taken by our very informative tour guide and driver (Dion). On arrival at our destination, Hobbiton (the movie set where I understand most of the "Shire" scenes were shot from "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit") we were very efficiently hooked up with the very first site tour of the day. This proved to be a huge advantage if you are a photographer and you want to shoot scenes without another tour group cluttering the background. A quick and very scenic/entertaining bus drive takes you to the actual location from where a walking tour is conducted. The walking tour of the "Hobbit holes" takes around two hours an was very professionally conducted by our guide (Toby) who provided some interesting facts about the history surrounding the location and the movie. A quick farewell drink at the "Green Dragon Inn" saw the end of the walking tour and off in the bus again to the main area where a lovely lunch was provided for our tour group arranged by Bush-Beach. Another scenic drive along a different route back to Auckland with a couple of worthwhile stops followed which saw me back at my hotel on time as per the schedule. I can highly recommend this tour even if you are not a Lord of the Rings fan. Bush and Beach thank you very much for the very professional manner in which the tour was conducted, from the painless telephonic booking, spotless vehicle, prompt on time service and very professional guide, you certainly got my vote.
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