Arriving on one of New Zealand’s international airports will immediately transfer you to Middle Earth and to the land of Lord of the rings and Hobbitland. Decoration in the airport and landscape outside will bring you into the right mood. If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy, don’t miss the real Middle Earth Locations:
- A must for every Lord of the rings and hobbit fan is to visit Hobbiton which you find between Auckland and Rotorua in Matatamata. There is also day trips to Hobbiton available from Auckland or Rotorua.
- There are 44 Hobbit holes at Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, which were reconstructed in 2011 for The Hobbit trilogy. These holes are made out of permanent materials, so the set can continue on as a tourist attraction. In fact, you can even take a peek inside one of them! The site also includes a bridge, a mill and The Green Dragon, and has five full-time gardeners to tend to the Hobbit’s gardens.
- The Weta Cave Workshops is a movie based visitor experience in a mini-museum in the heart of Miramar, Wellington. They offer 45-minute tours.
- Coming from Queenstown you pass Glenorchy and come to Paradise. Paradise offers exceptional views of steep snow-capped mountains covered in beech forest rising from the braided Dart River valley – you will have seen in Lord of the Rings.
The tours agencies in New Zealand can plan for will mostly let you pass other Middle Earth places for lord of the rings and hobbit fans, just ask us to point them all out for you. For example, you might want to stop at Pelorus Bridge, between Picton and Nelson on the South Island, to see the Pelorus River, where the hobbits had to paddle in their barrels. Park your car at the attractive cafe, cross the road to come to the swing bridge you see in the movie (10-minute walk).