Ever since the first The Lord of the Rings movie was released in 2001, New Zealand has been known as the 'Home of Middle-earth'.

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New Zealand’s dramatic scenery - golden plains, towering mountains and enchanting valleys - plays the mythical world of Middle-earth on the big screen in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy

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The similarities between New Zealand and Middle-earth are remarkable.  Bubbling brooks intersect with gentle waterfalls; snow-capped peaks cast shadows over lush forest valleys, and ancient glaciers – frozen in time – cascade almost to the sea.

More than 150 locations throughout the country were used to film The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy.  Many activities and attractions offer the chance to see the film locations for yourself.

The international spotlight is shining once again on New Zealand’s landscapes and film industry with the December 2014 release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson. The third of a trilogy based on J.R.R Tolkien’s much-loved book The Hobbit, the film follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and a company of Dwarves. As the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance, Dwarves, Elves and Men must unite in the face of darkness or be destroyed, as the story hurtles toward its epic conclusion.

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The Ultimate Middle-earth itinerary

Late autumn delivers some of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park's most dramatic scenery. Brightly gilde

This epic journey will guide you through all New Zealand has to offer in three weeks or more.

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The Hobbit Trilogy filming locations

Gandalf in Hobbiton

The Hobbit Trilogy was filmed entirely in New Zealand, throughout locations in both the North and South Islands.

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Real Middle-earth video diaries

The Hobbit Fan Fellowship - Slovenian fan Bernard Sutic emerges from Gandalf's Cutting to see Hobbit

Follow the global fellowship of Hobbit fans as they travel through New Zealand immersing themselves in real Middle-earth adventures.

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Experience a real Middle-Earth journey

Follow some of our most devoted Hobbit fans as they travel through New Zealand on the Ultimate Middle-earth adventure. Experience the wonder of a real Middle-earth journey via a collection of their photos and social media posts below.