Elves prefer a holiday of beautiful, enchanting places complete with ethereal woodlands, dewy native forests and sparkling waterfalls. Explore the real Middle‑earth from 'Rivendell' to the glittering Waitomo Caves and let our lands refresh you.
It's been a remarkable journey... and who knows, I might end up living in New Zealand one day because it's such a remarkable place.Orlando Bloom Legolas
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Enjoy ancient native forests, delicate ferns and alpine tussock in New Zealand's scenic national parks. Be revived beneath waterfalls or picnic besides mirror-smooth lakes and imagine you're in Rivendell. With more than 14 national parks to choose from covering more than 30,000 square kilomentres, this natural scenery will keep you busy for days.
A glistening coastal city of islands and harbours, Auckland is known for its beautiful scenery and an international hub. Start your Middle‑earth journey by heading to Waiheke Island – one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious wine growing regions. Explore more than 27 boutique vineyards and wineries, enjoy beautiful local produce and soak in views of Auckland’s skyline from afar.
Twinkling glow-worms light up the darkness in a labyrinth known as Waitomo Caves. Beneath the rolling green hills of Middle‑earth you can explore the depths of the underground while being guided by the glittering rooftops. Nearby filming locations include Hobbiton, Trollshaw Forest & Staddle's Farm.
Pelorus River's crystal clear waters cut through a rocky gorge shrouded in the subtle green layers of native New Zealand forest - an ethereal protected wilderness inhabited by giant trees and native birds. This is arguably one of New Zealand's most beautiful rivers and the filming location for the 'Barrel Run' scene in The Hobbit Trilogy. Join a fully guided eco-adventure down the river and explore by kayaks or comfortable inflatable canoes.
Settle into a slower pace of life at one of New Zealand’s many spas and thermal pools. Sink into these Onsen Hot Pools and take in the beauty of your natural surroundings, with uninterrupted panoramic views. Alternatively, seek out one of the many natural hot springs dotted throughout remote locations across the North Island and feel your worries melt away.
Your journey through the real Middle‑earth wouldn't be complete without a trip to Milford Sound – one of the country’s most stunning regions. Capture the stunning beauty of the surrounding lakes and fiords, inhale the smells of lush native rainforest, and feel the fine mist of nearby waterfalls as you explore this wonderland. Nearby filming locations include Takaro Rd (Fangorn Forest), Norwest Lakes (South of Rivendell), Waiau River and the Kepler Track (River Anduin).