In 1999, "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson chose the perfect site for Hobbiton, the fictitious Middle-Earth shire home of the hobbits. Construction started that year to convert the lush landscape of New Zealand's Alexander Farm into a place a hobbit would yearn to go back to.
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." -J.R.R. Tolkien
The hobbits were a peaceful people.
As Tolkein described them: "They are (or were) a little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded Dwarves. Hobbits have no beards."
"There is little or no magic about them, except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along, making a noise like elephants which they can hear a mile off."
"Hobbits really are amazing creatures, as I have said before. You can learn all that there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you at a pinch."
The Green Dragon Pub, the local hobbit watering hole, was constructed for the movie.
And this feast set for 13 adventurers.
For initial filming, 37 unique hobbit holes were built. That number rose to 44 for the subsequent films.
The farm was located in the agricultural community of Matamata, near the Waikato region at the base of the Kaimai mountains.
The original owners of Alexander Farm moved to the location in 1978 where they raised sheep and cattle.
The farm still continues in the new Hobbiton as a small father and sons operation.
Although they've decided to keep Hobbiton as a permanent attraction for visitors.
You can just imagine visitors wishing each other the classic Hobbit well-wishes, "May the hair on your toes never fall out."
Credit: Hobbiton Tours