We booked months in advance, planning our hire car, drive South from Auckland, and overnight farmstay accomodation. Not only did we book the tour, but we booked the Evening Banquet Tour: you get picked up at Shire’s Rest, the entrance to the film set, are guided through the set and end up at the Green Dragon where you’re fed a lot of food. Any tour that ends with food is good. Except the tour didn’t end. We had to walk back to the bus and experience another 40 minutes of content that, in a food coma, I could have done without. I’m glad we went.