10 Guided Tours That are (Actually) Worth Taking

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Anna Gorin

Exceptional excursions for travelers who have been burned by group tours before.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour in New Zealand

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The only way to see the bucolic Hobbiton Movie Set used in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies is to go on a guided tour. Located on a private farm on New Zealand’s North Island, it was originally slated for destruction as part of an agreement with the film studio, but bad weather interrupted the demolition and the owners were able to strike a deal to keep it open as a permanent attraction. Tours depart from the Shire’s Rest ticket center and include a bus ride through the 1,250-acre sheep farm followed by a tour of the Shire itself. New Evening Dinner Tours includes a tour at dusk, and a banquet style dinner in the Green Dragon Inn. Bring a raincoat or umbrella; the farm is bright green for a reason.

10 Guided Tours That are (Actually) Worth Taking

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour in New Zealand

The only way to see the bucolic Hobbiton Movie Set used in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies is to go on a guided tour. Located on a private farm on New Zealand’s North Island, it was originally slated for destruction as part of an agreement with the film studio, but bad weather interrupted the demolition and the owners were able to strike a deal to keep it open as a permanent attraction. Tours depart from the Shire’s Rest ticket center and include a bus ride through the 1,250-acre sheep farm followed by a tour of the Shire itself. New Evening Dinner Tours includes a tour at dusk, and a banquet style dinner in the Green Dragon Inn. Bring a raincoat or umbrella; the farm is bright green for a reason.

Anna Gorin
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