A trip that I'd been wanting to take for forever, but had never gotten around to until this year was visiting Hobbiton and the Matamata region. Only a couple of hours drive from Auckland, and a place which is just as magical and charming as it seems in the films.
On our drive from Christchurch back home to Auckland, I made sure to plan a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set and to continue the theme into the evening, booked into Underhill with Canopy Camping Escapes- an accomodation hand crafted over 15 years ago, and well before the Lord Of The Rings films debuted.
Underhill is a magical retreat, set amongst a picturesque farmland in Waikato, about an hour from the Hobbiton Movie Set. I'm definitely one for unique accomodations and as well as being cosy, beautifully crafted and warming, Underhill has a true charm to it that is hard to find these days between the hotel chains and self-serviced apartments.
It's especially unique and a place where you can't help but switch off and relax. The outdoor bathtub, glow of candlelight and not to mention incredible 'Hobbit Feast' which our host Jess put together for us for dinner had me head over heels for this charming space.
An evening spent sipping on local cider, watching the family of ducks swim by, stargazing and reading by candlelight- I couldn't have asked for a cosier Spring evening.
Book your stay at Underhill here.
Photos from the Hobbiton Movie Set: