Middle‑earth™ may have been a figment of author J.R.R Tolkien's imagination but New Zealand - the youngest country on earth - bears an uncanny resemblance.

Discover the reason why New Zealand is considered the real Middle‑earth™ as you explore the dramatic, contrasting landscapes that have inspired the world’s best filmmakers. Traverse majestic mountains, meander through ancient native forests, cross vast wild plains and negotiate fresh clear waterways, from Hobbiton; Matamata in the North Island to Beorn’s House; Paradise in the south.

A lot of the world’s impression of New Zealand is that landscape; the rolling hills, the mountains and the fiords…it’s got everything in it.

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