Travel Channel’s ‘Trip Flip’ Surprises Two Fans With Ultimate Hobbit Experience
On Sunday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, just a few days before the debut of the next feature film, Travel Channel premieres “Trip Flip: A Hobbit Adventure in Middle Earth,” a one-hour special that surprises a pair of lucky J.R.R. Tolkien super fans with the ultimate Hobbit experience in the real Middle Earth – New Zealand. In “Trip Flip,” host Bert Kreischer will try just about anything – and he’s looking for adventurous travelers to join him. At San Diego’s ComiCon, he finds the perfect twosome – Agustin and Cynthia.
The California couple is blown away by a week filled with all things Hobbit, immersing themselves in the iconic locales of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movie trilogy. The couple crosses off a bucket list item when they herd Merino sheep that produce the same high-quality wool used to make Gandalf’s costume. Each day is jam-packed with fantastical activities from the film, including: rappelling into Waitomo Caves, where some of the audio was recorded for Gollum; dining on lamb and field greens at Beorn’s house, the shape-shifting character; trekking amongst the Shire’s Hobbit holes; and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Weta Workshop special effects studio…with a Gandalf-garbed Kreischer and the founder and creative director of Weta as their guides! Dropped into the actual milieu of these mega-movies, the action never stops with surprise after surprise. The final reveal for this blockbuster adventure is, quite literally, Oscar worthy!