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If you and your Hobbit lover don't know where to go, let me indroduce you the 'Hobbit Motel'

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Weird festivals

Golden Shears Sheep Shearing Festival Masterton, New Zealand -- early March Golden Shears - Credit: Wikimedia Commons In a country that has three sheep for every citizen, there's got to be some kind of party involving the wooly critters. It's a four-day event where sheep shearers and wool handlers of different ilk and skill levels compete for the most glorious honor in the nation. In America there's American Idol . Japan has Iron Chef . But in New Zealand, sheep shearing is the…


A day at the Cricket for William and Kate as well as a New Zealand Cricket Team Onesie for Prince George.

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The Shire is one of the most iconic locations from The Lord of the Rings, and is featured in its newer prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. New Zealand visitors have the opportunity to walk in the village of Hobbiton, where Frodo and Bilbo’s respective journeys began.  The set in Matamata, New Zealand, sprawls over 12 acres and features 44 hobbit holes, including Bilbo’s, which is known as Bag End. Visitors can also visit the pub the hobbits frequent, The Green Dragon Inn –and get a…

Map of Hobbiton, by Daniel Reeve [The Green Dragon is opened at the Hobbiton Movie Set, now a major tourist attraction near Matamata, New Zealand. The Green Dragon is the local Hobbiton pub, featured in The Lord of the Rings, and now exists as a real bar, where visitors can sample hobbit-brewed ale and eat good hobbit fare, and view Daniel's artwork and maps on the walls.]


Cape Reinga, Northland~ Maori legend has that, when a Maori person dies this is where their spirit leaves the land.

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Hobbit Bar in New Zealand

The hobbit pub is located in the tourist village of Hobbiton near Matamata, New Zealand. The pub actually was made for exciting experiences where the pub was created really like for hobbit.

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Part of the Woodlyn Park in New Zealand (the Hobbit Motel) you can stay in one of the two hillside burrows that are almost identical to the ones JRR Tolkien talks about in his books.


MYTHOLOGY IN POST-CLASSICAL ART The Birth of Aphrodite by the Italian Renaissance painter Botticelli (1444-1510). The wind gods Boreas and Zephyrus waft the goddess to shore where she is clothed by one of the Seasons.