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Learn more about our Hiking Trails, Maori Culture and Middle‑earth
New Zealand is home of the real Middle‑earth, made famous in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Experience the Shire's hobbit holes and rolling farmlands for yourself.
Hobbiton Movie Set Tours
By car: 1 hour from Rotorua
The coastal town of Kaikoura is the perfect place for marine life encounters. Go whale watching, see playful dolphins, snorkel with seals and feast on local, fresh crayfish.
By car: 1 hour 45 minutes from Christchurch
From easy day walks to multi-day hikes, immerse yourself in nature. Get up close to our lakes, waterfalls, beaches, valleys, rivers, and fiords. Explore our trails.
By car: 1 hour from Te Anau
Take a kayak or boat tour around Lake Taupo's western bays to see the huge Maori rock carvings. Or water-ski, sail, kayak or swim around New Zealand's largest lake.
The Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings
By ferry: 30 minutes from Taupo
Pack a picnic, follow the coastal trail and enjoy an idyllic day at one of our picture-perfect beaches. Go for a walk, swim, kayak or just relax in the sand.
Abel Tasman Coast Track
By car: 1 hour 15 minutes from Nelson
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When planning your trip to New Zealand, you may not know exactly where to begin. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
In the early days of New Zealand history, getting here was as much of an adventure as the experience when you arrived. Happily, it’s very different today.
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