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 - 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.
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.©2014 Warner Bros. Ent.