When I visited Hobbiton Movie Set last year I left a little piece of my hobbit heart there. The place is truly amazing and I was lucky to be able to see the set in all his glory and ready for filming. For months we heard rumours that the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand was going to be left a a permanent structure and open to the public and now Sir Peter Jackson's Wingnut Films Productions and Rings Scenic Tours have signed a joint venture called Shire Tours to allow movie fans to visit the site. The set, originally designed by the art department of The Lord of the Rings films, has been completely rebuilt at the original location on the Alexander Farm on Buckland Road, Matamata. The set will now be used for The Hobbit and closed to the public during filming. In a statement Peter Jackson said today : "to be able to offer fans of the films the chance to walk around and explore this beautifully crafted set, which is a centrepiece of both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit"