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.

Explore woodlands and waterfalls

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. 

Taranaki Falls, Ruapehu

One of the most impressive and beautiful New Zealand waterfalls, Taranaki Falls is located in Tongariro National Park.


  • Volcanic terrain, stunning vistas
  • Emerald lakes, waterfalls, native bush
  • Location for Mount Doom


Sparkling cities with plentiful vineyards

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.

Mudbrick Vineyard, Auckland

Waiheke Island is dotted with more than 20 vineyards, each with a spectacular outlook.


  • Waiheke Island - "the island of wine"
  • Sailing on the Hauraki Gulf


Brighter than the light of Eärendil's star

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 Farm.

Glow-worms, Waikato

Luminescence of glow-worms sparkling on the cave roofs



Learn more about the Waitomo Caves in the Waikato Region.


  • Glowworm cave tours
  • Blackwater rafting


Drifting through remote rivers and valleys

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.

Pelorus River, Marlborough

The pure beauty of Pelorus River in Marlborough made the location the perfect choice for Forest River.


  • Pelorus Eco Adventures
  • Marine mammal encounters
  • More than 150 vineyards


  • by car:

    1hr 30min from Nelson

  • by plane:

    50min from Christchurch

For the ultimate relaxation

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.

Onsen Hot Pools, Auckland

Settling in for a hot soak with alpine views in the distance - there's nothing better.



Discover things to do in Queenstown.


  • Adrenaline capital of New Zealand
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Queenstown cycle trail


Soar like an eagle above vast fiords

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).


Milford Sound Scenic Flights, Fiordland

Take a scenic flight over the Southern Alps towards Fiordland and Milford Sound. The panoramic views are second to none.



Learn more about Fiordland


  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves
  • Native Birds
  • The Milford, Kepler and Routeburn Tracks


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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