Great wizards are also brave adventurers who travel far and wide. Embark on an epic journey throughout New Zealand to experience otherworldly landscapes and fascinating fiords in the real Middle‑earth™.

How can New Zealand not bewitch anyone who visits?

Feel the earth's power in Rotorua

As you approach Rotorua, you may notice a faint scent of sulphur and escaping curls of steam, the first hints of the region's dramatic geothermal character. Witness the earth's power at the famed Pohutu Geyser - the undisputed star of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. The geyser erupts up to 20 times a day to heights of 30 metres at Te Puia.

géiser Pohutu de Te Puia, Rotorua

Observá cómo el géiser Pohutu, la estrella indiscutida del valle termal Whakarewarewa, entra en erupción hasta 20 veces por día y alcanza alturas de 30 metros en Te Puia.



Discover more of Rotorua

Puntos destacados

  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley
  • Maori Culture
  • Mountain biking in The Redwoods


Explore ice worlds on the West Coast

Marvel at the huge valleys of ice that form Frans Josef and Fox Glaciers. Here the ice age is still underway. Enjoy an easy walk to the foot of glaciers, along ancient river valleys, or be whisked high above them by helicopter. These scenes will have you reaching for your camera at every turn. 

West Coast
West Coast Glaciers, West Coast

Explore ice caves and canyons on Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier

Puntos destacados

  • Franz Josef and Fox glaciers
  • West Coast Treetop Walk
  • Pancake rocks and blowholes at Punakaiki


Journey on horseback

Imagine riding through the backcountry New Zealand, through tussocked plains, between soaring peaks, alongside sparkling alpine lakes and rivers. Channel the spirit of Shadowfax, the "Lord of all horses", and ride south with the wind in your hair. From Queenstown, travel to Glenorchy and trek the magnificent Paradise Valley, or cruise across Lake Wakatipu and ride through rolling farmland with Walter Peak Horse Treks.

Horse trekking in Glenorchy, Queenstown

Step back in time on a horse trek through the exceptional landscapes surrounding Glenorchy.



Discover experiences in Queenstown

Puntos destacados

  • Horse riding
  • Valley of vines by bike
  • Kawarau Bridge Bungy


Gaze at dazzling night skies

Brilliantly bright, the night sky here will cast its spell on you. See glittering constellations and shooting stars in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, free from light pollution. Head to Big Sky Stargazing at the foot of Mount Cook or join one of Earth & Sky's tours at Tekapo's Mount John Observatory, and see the stars through powerful telescopes.

Christchurch, Canterbury
Estrellas en Good Shepherd, Tekapo, Christchurch, Canterbury

Cielos despejados, características únicas y paisajes sobrenaturales hacen que observar las estrellas en Nueva Zelanda sea una experiencia mágica que te dejará sin aliento.

Puntos destacados

  • Mount John Observatory
  • UNESCO International Dark Sky Reserve


Stand tall on alpine peaks

With more than 23 peaks over 3000 metres, New Zealand’s Southern Alps is a home of giants. Marvel at these snow-capped peaks that fill the horizon and explore the rugged landscape ice and rock. The Southern Alps starred in both Middle‑earth™ trilogies; locations include Mt Potts Station (Erewhon), Mount Sunday (Edoras), Treble Cone's Towers Ridge (Misty Mountains) and Twizel (Pelennor Fields).


Christchurch, Canterbury
Lake Pukaki, Christchurch, Canterbury

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


Christchurch, Canterbury

Discover things to do in Canterbury

Puntos destacados

  • Hooker Valley Track
  • Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey


Experience the tranquility of Fiordland

Ancient rainforest clings to impossibly steep mountains, waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into massive fiords, and the shimmering lakes and granite peaks look the same today as they did thousands of years ago. Fiordland National Park and the Mavora Lakes were the location for Fangorn Forest - take a moment to breath in here and enjoy the tranquility of nature.

This is the Middle‑earth™ I had always pictured.

Milford Sound, Fiordland

Puntos destacados

  • Scenic cruises
  • Great walking and hiking
  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves


  • by car:

    2hr from Queenstown

  • by bus:

    3hr from Queenstown

  • by car:

    2hr from Invercargill

Take a stroll through Hobbiton

With your adventure nearly over, you can afford to slow down and reflect. Take a gentle stroll through the homely village of Hobbiton, past hobbit holes and the Party Tree. Wander across the bridge to the Green Dragon Inn and enjoy a relaxing ale among friends. If you choose an evening visit, you will be treated to a banquet fit for a hobbit.

Hobbiton™ Movie Set, Waikato

The Hobbiton™ Movie Set in the lush countryside setting of Matamata is a spectacular sight at sunrise or sunset.

Puntos destacados

  • Bag End
  • The Party Tree
  • The Green Dragon Inn


You're at the end of your journey, but not at the end of your quest. Learn more about New Zealand's journey as Middle‑earth™ here. Or look here to discover more film locations throughout the country.

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