A Most Memorable Trip to The Shire But No Hobbits Were Seen

Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

A Most Memorable Trip to The Shire But No Hobbits Were Seen

It's coming up on 2 years that we took a trip down under to New Zealand and Australia. Among the stops we made in New Zealand was to Maramara and the 1,250 acre location where some of the movies of Lord of The Rings was filmed.

As we come over a hill from the parking lot we see the opening scene landscape for the first film of the trilogy, less the activity of the Hobbits during their day to day living. Their homes re nestled into the hills of the acreage, many showing their owners recent departure.

A Most Memorable Trip to The Shire But No Hobbits Were Seen

Perhaps they are working in the gardens. or spending time in the tavern in the towns center.

They are very small and not very deep on the inside as most of the filming for the interior segments would have been done in studios. 


The Wixter lake and the Green Dragon Inn where the boys first discuss their big adventure.



Within the Inn there are no staff people to deliver beverages but all are welcome to a frost glass of Ginger beer, assuming they can stand the taste.

It was a day well spent and another hghlight of a Bucket List trip we took down under.

A Most Memorable Trip to The Shire But No Hobbits Were Seen

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Comments (17)

Brad Thomsen
Big Bear Realty - Edmonds, WA
Real Estate Services

Great post and terrific photo's

Thanks for sharing

Have a Great Day!!

Dec 27, 2020 01:13 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good afternoon Ed,

What fascinating sights to have seen in New Zealand and Australia.  I had no idea it was filmed there, and I like the photo of the Inn.  A

Dec 27, 2020 02:31 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Brad Thomsen  So often the photos we post of an event come up short to the real experience.  Thanks for stopping

Ron and Alexandra Seigel   A the trip was incredible and well worth the time to go there

Dec 27, 2020 02:58 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ed- what a treat to see where the Hobbits lived!!!!  I didn't know where it was filmed and surprised to see the buildings. 

Dec 27, 2020 03:08 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Very fun Ed! Gary just happened to watch the first movie in the series last night.  I caught a little of it. 

Dec 27, 2020 03:13 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Kathy Streib   The scenery on the island was breathtaking.  Our only regret was not being any one spot long enough to take a helicopter ride to really appreciate the raw countryside.

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker   I liked the series so this was a must see for me, and my bride humored me with the day

Dec 27, 2020 03:17 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Ed,  Thank you for sharing your adventures to the Shire with us.  Great pictures.

Dec 27, 2020 04:12 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Interestingly enough, my grandson and I watched Lord of the Rings again today!  I could live in that environment. . .No problem!

Dec 27, 2020 05:21 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Dec 27, 2020 05:22 PM
Ed Silva

Myrl Jeffcoat   Thank you

Dec 27, 2020 06:51 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ed... what gorgeous pictures... makes me want to jump on a plane and head out to New Zealand and Australia to see it for myself.

Dec 28, 2020 04:35 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That looks like such a beautiful place, thank you for sharing your photos with us!  I love the architecture there.

Dec 28, 2020 05:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for sharing some your travel memories and your photographs.

Enjoy the holidays and have a Happy New Year!

Dec 28, 2020 06:01 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Ed Silva - that looks like you are standing right on a painted picture.  That must have been some experience.

Dec 28, 2020 06:15 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

What a fascinating trip that must have been Ed Silva someday I will make the time to watch the Rings/Hobbit movies

Dec 28, 2020 07:46 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva - Oh! How lovely! It looks like a storybook village filled with beauty, unique people, gorgeous scenery, unusual houses and businesses. I'll bet the food was great and it was a trip you never wanted to end. I'm glad your dreams came true!

Dec 28, 2020 10:55 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed that must have been awesome to see in person.  I have a couple of friends who would not have any problem standing up in that house ...... LOL

Dec 28, 2020 02:09 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

What wonderful memories you have shared! Those are enchantingly magical photos of the Hobbit dwellings Ed.

Dec 29, 2020 04:52 PM