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Hobbiton, the Land of Hobbit

Updated on October 12, 2012

I think we all know this movie. “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy. A movie based on the epic fantasy novels written by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. These novels were published in three volumes (1954 and 1955) and each volume consists of two books. “The Fellowship of the Ring” is the first volume. “The Two Towers” as the second volume and the third volume is “The Return of the King”. The trilogy of “The Lord of the Rings” became one of the most popular literary works of the 20th century's and translated into 38 languages.

The film trilogy of “The Lord of the Rings” itself was directed by Peter Jackson and distributed by New Line Cinema. With a big budget about $285 million and the entire film project took about eight years. We can see famous actor and actress in this movie, like: Elijah Wood (as the hobbit Frodo Baggins), Sean Astin, Andy Serkis (as the treacherous Gollum), Ian McKellen (as the wizard Gandalf), Viggo Mortensen ( as Aragorn), Liv Tyler (as Arwen), Cate Blanchett (as Lady Galadriel), etc.

A little review about HOBBIT

One of the most interesting from this movie is the hobbit also called "Halfling". They are small creature, smaller than dwarves. In "The Lord of the Rings" movie, we can find Frodo, Bilbo, Pippin and Merry as the hobbit derived from the Shire. They usually have height only half of the ordinary man (about 60 to 120cm, an average of 100 cm). They have pointy ears like elves. Another characteristic from the hobbit are their legs like a rabbit but strong, so they don’t need footwear. Their favorite food is mushroom, they eat seven times in a day. Hobbit can live up to 130 years. They are experts in terms of plants and flowers, so they have beautiful garden. That’s the point of this hub. Hobbits are described by J. R. R. Tolkien as an an ancient little people, uncomplicated, shy of Big Folk, and well-farmed countryside.

Hobbiton

From this hub, I’ll take you tour in the real hobbit land. The land where the hobbit living. Actually this isn’t the place where the real hobbit stay and live with their community. But it’s a part of the movie setting of “The Lord of the Rings”, the home of Bilbo and Frodo in Peter Jackson's movie. I’ll show how this place looks so beautiful. This place is located just two hour drive south of Auckland and one hours easy drive from Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga. The exactly place is at the lush farmland of the Waikato town of Matamata, New Zealand. Although much of the set from the movie was deconstructed, but hobbit fans can still visit this place. They can wander among the hobbit holes. They can listen to the commentary about how it was all created from the tour guide.

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How this place looks Green!

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New Zealand itself is a beautiful location where the entire " The Lord of the Rings" trilogy was filmed. The town of Matamata in the Waikato with beautiful hills and emerald green grass become the perfect setting and the peaceful for the Hobbit home in Middle-earth. There’s one interesting in this place. “A party tree” is the main focus from Peter Jackson. This tree is the primary reason he chose the location. He want this tree symmetrical, large and overhanging a pond. With a helicopter he scoured the countryside to find this place. We can see the pictures below.

Party Tree

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In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit

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Welcome to Hobbiton.....

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The site construction was started in March 1999 and movie commenced in December that year. The producers need bulldozers, diggers, trucks, loaders, graders and other heavy machinery to build the film background. Film companies made a new path to reach the site about 1.5 km and the New Zealand Army was contracted to finish the road. Thirty-seven hobbit holes were created on a grassy hill. All the holes are environmentally friendly, because all the walls are made of soil and grass as the roof. When the movie finished, the film company wants to destroy all the hobbit's houses. However, local residents received thousands of requests from Hobbit fans for not doing it, so the film company had changed their mind and agrees to not destroy the hobbit houses. Now, although the hobbit houses have been abandoned and become the homes of sheep, but the village of Hobbiton was not lonely anymore. Millions tourist from all over the world visited the hobbit's houses every year. There’s a beautiful emphasis from this place, lake and the 'party tree'.

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Party Tree and Lake

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Calm and peace

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Sheep Farm Experience

We can enjoy the tour as the package from "the Hobbiton movie set and farm tour", Matama, New Zealand. We can go the hobbiton by bus and enjoy another great activity like farm tour. This is special tour, because we passed the working sheep farm (about 12,000 sheep and 200 beef cattle) with beautiful scenery across to the Kaimai Ranges. The tour guide will explained to you about fascinating details on how the Hobbiton set was created. We can visit the farm of Alexander family. Based on the history, the Alexander moved to the 500 hectare property, in 1978. At that year, it has been farmed as a traditional beef farm and New Zealand sheep. The major sources of income are wool, mutton and bee came from approximately 13,000 sheep and 300 Angus beef cattle. From this tour we can get a knowledge and experience of sheep farming in New Zealand. The farm tour package includes participating in a sheep shearing demonstration. At the end of demonstration, the tourist will be able to bottle feed lambs and pet the hand reared sheep. Don’t worry about accommodation, because there are full bar and catering facilities during this tour. Hobbiton movie set and farm tour depart daily from Auckland and Tauranga. All tours are fully guided.

****I hope you enjoy all the pictures and the video here!*****

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Very nice pictures and video. Enjoyed the read too.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Votes up Prasetio. This was very interesting to learn. I never knew this land ever existed. I didn't know the entire movie was screened in NZ. It is so beautiful. A job well done.

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      Marie Giunta 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Wow I'd never heard of Hobbiton, what a fascinating place Prasetio. Although I've heard of Matamata, Hobbiton is new to me. As always an interesting read with great photos, voted up and awesome.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The countryside looks lovely, Prasetio. I've heard of Hobbiton before, but it was very interesting to see the photos in your hub and to read the information.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Wow, Prasetio,this is so cool!

      I never heard about this place. The countryside is so pretty. Great photos and videos.

      I always like what you come up with,

      Sannel

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi prasetio, I've been to Hobbiton and your hub is a bit like looking through my own photo album. It is a very cute place to visit and they give you a nice tea at the farm.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Prasetio, I read this hub last night before going to bed, and had to come back and let you know how much I enjoyed it. I would love to visit Hobbiton.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, molometer. Good to see you again. I hope you enjoy this information. Cheers... ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, thelyricwriter. I am glad you enjoy this hub and I hope you have a chance to visit Hobbiton one day. Thanks for your compliment to this information. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, MPG Narratives. Welcome to this hub. I am glad this hub useful for you. Even though you ever heard about Matamata, but this place is quite interesting to find out more and fun as well. Your vote really appreciated. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear friend, AliciaC. Thank you very much for your appreciation to this hub, though you have heard about this place. Your visit is valuable here. God bless you!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, SanneL. Thanks for coming. I hope you always love my hubs, including this one. I am glad you enjoy all pictures and the video above. Take care! ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, CMHypno. Thank you so much for share your experience while visiting Hobbiton. I am glad to know that the guest will get a nice tea at the farm. Wow...this would be a great tour and you'll never forget this memory. Cheers...

      Blessing and hugs,

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear friend, Susan. Thank you so much for your attention to this hub. I am glad you love this information. I hope you can visit Hobbiton one day...amen. God bless you!

      Love and peace,

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Your description of Hobbiton and vivid photos are so realistic, pras, I was expecting some genuine Hobbits to jump out of those Hobbit holes.

      I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting New Zealand but now you have given me one more good reason to make that happen. Thank you, my friend.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      For as long as I can remember, I have always loved the Hobbits. The Hobbiton was fascinating. I also didn't realize that the movie was filmed, entirely, in New Zealand. Thank you for this intereting and delightful hub!

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is sure new to me! How beautiful and so very green. I hope to visit New Zealand one day, so thanks for this surprising information.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent! I can't wait for the movie. I love these stories and wish I could go and see this place.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Would love to visit as the movie particulars just fascinated me. Well done, Pras~ Interesting and you have beautiful pics as usual.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This was fascinating. We love Lord of the Rings trilogy and watch it whenever it comes on HBO; but I never knew how they created the Hobbits' village. Did you know that Samwise Gamgee also stared in the movie "Rudy"? He was a football player in that one. Great idea for a hub Pras. Good one! And beautiful photos.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I loved reading the Hobbit trilogy years ago. The movie location of Hobbiton is beautiful. Thanks for showing this to us in photos and videos. Beautiful and interesting!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Thanks so much. If not for you I would never know about any of these amazing places.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I would love to visit hobbiton, I love Lord of the Rings, I never realised that they kept the Shire still there, amazing! In a very odd twist recently, my sons friend married Tolkiens nephew! how strange is that? lol! rated up! cheers nell

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very cool Prasetio! What a surprise this one is:) I'd also love to visit!

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      RVDaniels 5 years ago from Athens, GA

      Cool hub, I have loved those stories since I was a child. I wish I could visit New Zealand and see the place.

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I really enjoyed the information along with the videos. Nice work.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This would be a great place to visit. The country side is beautiful. Thank you Prasetio.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi prasettio

      Thank you for taking us to Hobbiton. Love the party tree.

      Voted up, up and away!

      Take Care

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      So many gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear friend, drbj. Thank you so much for coming and share your big attention to this information. Actually, I have the same feeling with you, because I am a big fans of "The Lord of the Rings". I hope you have a chance to visit Hobbiton one day..amen. Have a nice day!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, Genna East. I hope this hub useful for you and you can put Hobbiton on your travel list. You are right about entirely "The Lord of the Rings" movie has been made in New Zealand. I am glad you enjoy reading this hub. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Green Lotus. Thank you very much for coming. I believe that your dream in visiting Hobbiton will come true soon. Take care!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, tammyswallow. Welcome to this hub. I hope you have a chance to visit Hobbiton one day. Thank you very much!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Audrey. Thank you very much for your attention to this hub. I am glad you enjoy all the pictures of Hobbiton. Take care! ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, PegCole17. Good to see you again and I am glad to know that you love the same movie with me. Unfortunately, I didn't know the information about Samwise Gamgee in the movie "Rudy". But it's a good news, if it's true. I hope you always love my hubs and enjoy all the pictures as well. God bless you!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, Peggy W. I hope this hub useful for you and you have a chance ti visit this place one. I am glad you enjoy the pictures above. Take care!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome. POP. I hope you always entertained with all my hubs, including this one. I'll give the best for the next hub. Cheers.... ~Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Nell Rose. Good to see you again and I am glad to know that you love Lord of the Rings. Thanks for share about your sons friend married Tolkiens nephew, really? Wow...this is a great news from you. My friend, I will always love your Vote. Cheers....

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, RealHousewife. I hope you enjoy this information and you have a chance to visit Hobbiton one day. ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Welcome to this hub, RVDaniels. Good to see you here. I am glad you love The Lord of the Rings story as well. I hope you can visit this place one day!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome,Minnetonka Twin. I am glad you enjoy this information. Take care! ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Ruby. Thanks for coming and share your attention to this hub. God bless you!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, Sueswan. I am glad you love this information. I hope you have a chance to visit this Hobbiton one day. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, randomcreative. Thanks for coming and I hope you enjoy reading this hub. Have a nice weekend. ~prasetio

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      OMG I'd love to live there! LOL....Thanks for this lovely hub. You always have something so fascinating to share with us. :)

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      A hub that is truly an adventure. Gandalf once said you can learn all there is to know about hobbits in a few months, but they will never cease to amaze you. Voted up, you really did a nice job of putting this together.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      I didn't know it was filmed in New Zealand. The photographs are amazing. Thanks

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My brother, Om Paramapoonya. Thank you so much for coming and share your thought about Hobbiton. This place so calm and peace. I hope you can visit this place one day!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, dungeonraider for coming and leave nice comment about Hobbit. I hope you enjoy this information. Your vote really appreciated. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, Lady_E. I hope this hub useful for you. Thank you very much. Have a nice weekend!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      This is too cute, prasetio, and beautiful pictures. I wish one of those houses was mine.

      Voted up and awesome!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Welcome to this hub, Martie. Good to see you again. Thank you very much for coming. I love your vote and I hope you have a chance to see all the beauty of Hobbiton. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      You have my vote too prasetio. Great info and pictures!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, Polly for coming and share your vote to this hub. I hope you enjoy this information. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Well you definitely have my vote for this one Prasetio.

      It was the Hobbit that put New Zealand on the map in the movie world.

      I have visited Hobbiton a couple of times and your hub does it justice. Well done

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Ohhh, how I love this hub! I've heard that New Zealand is truly a beautiful place, but now I know for sure. Peter Jackson picked a great spot to film the movie and Hobbiton is perfect. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      That was lovely and cute. Thank you.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear friend, Rosemay50. I am glad to know that you have visited Hobbiton. I believe that it will be a wonderful experience for you. Actually, New Zealand is one of the nearest country from Indonesia. I hope I can visit this place one day. Thank you very much.

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, kittythedreamer. Good to see you again. Thank you very much for share your thought about this place and you are absolutely right about New Zealand. Your vote really appreciated here. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, Hello, hello. Thank you very much for coming and I hope you enjoy this information. Cheers... ~prasetio

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting.

      Take care

      Eddy.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, Eddy. Thanks you very much for your big support to this hub. Have a nice day. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      This time not only have you again transported me to another world, but one I dearly love and have since I read the books as a child. There is no creature in all of fantasy that I love more than hobbits. Thank you my friend.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear friend, poetvix. Thank you so much for coming. I am glad to know that you love reading and hobbits as your favorite character. I hope you enjoy this hub and give you more than fantasy. Cheers....

      Prasetio

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      KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Great place, Prasetio! New Zealand is always good with great scenery. Lots of films were made there, just google out those blockbusters of Hollywood.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, KenWu. I am glad you love this hub. Thanks for coming and your comment about New Zealand. Take care!

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