The set was up in the farmland hills and as such, there were 100s to 1,000s of sheep nearby it. In fact, the entire country of New Zealand has 4 million people (compare that to LA's 16 million+) and the saying is that there are 12 sheep and 7 cows for every person in New Zealand. This area would support that fact.
Anyways, the Hobbit set was cool but for the price, I don't think I'd do it again - especially coming from LA where a lot of this stuff is in your backyard, which I've never fully taken advantage of to be honest - maybe that'll change when I return.
3/19 - 3/22: A Tribal Village and Rain, a lot of it...
A big part of New Zealand's culture is tied to its native people, known as the Maori. To get a better sense of their culture and try their food (known as Hagni, which is cooked for hours under the ground), we took in a Maori show.
While the show itself is a bit touristy in nature, the food was pretty awesome (it was basically like a Thanksgiving dinner) and going to one of these shows is essentially the only way you can try their food - unless you are friends with Maori families.