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'.
New Zealand’s dramatic scenery plays the mythical world of Middle-earth on the big screen in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy. Golden plains, towering mountains and enchanting valleys form the lands of Lake-town, Hobbiton, Rivendell and more with seamless magic.
From scenery to set
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 250 locations throughout the country were used to film The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy, after the filmmaking team scoured the country for the most stunningly beautiful destinations.