The real Middle-earth

Where it all began, and always will be - the Middle-earth magic continues.

Explore these amazing New Zealand film locations from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Explore these amazing New Zealand film locations from The Lord of the Rings and target="_blank">The Hobbit.

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  • Where hobbits dwell

    Immerse yourself in the lush greenery of The Shire and its Hobbit holes, then sink a couple of pints at the Green Dragon Inn

    Hobbiton Movie Set 45 mins from Hamilton

    Where hobbits dwell

    Immerse yourself in the lush greenery of The Shire and its Hobbit holes, then sink a couple of pints at the Green Dragon Inn

    45 mins from Hamilton

  • Where dwarves ride in barrels

    Retrace the 'dwarves in barrels' journey along Marlborough's Pelorus River

    Pelorus River 1 hour from Blenheim

    Where dwarves ride in barrels

    Retrace the 'dwarves in barrels' journey along Marlborough's Pelorus River

    1 hour from Blenheim

  • Where eagles soar

    Both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies used majestic Fiordland National Park for epic scenic shots

    Milford Sound 4 hours from Queenstown Central

    Where eagles soar

    Both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies used majestic Fiordland National Park for epic scenic shots

    4 hours from Queenstown Central

  • Where great plains stretch over the horizon

    Tucked away in the Southern Lakes region, Matukituki Valley - part of Mt Aspiring National Park - is another quintessential Middle-earth location

    Matukituki Valley 1 hour 30 mins from Wanaka

    Where great plains stretch over the horizon

    Tucked away in the Southern Lakes region, Matukituki Valley - part of Mt Aspiring National Park - is another quintessential Middle-earth location

    1 hour 30 mins from Wanaka

  • Where lakes shimmer and sparkle

    The oasis of Lake Pukaki in Aoraki/Mt Cook made the perfect real-life setting for Laketown.

    Lake Pukaki 4 hours from Christchurch

    Where lakes shimmer and sparkle

    The oasis of Lake Pukaki in Aoraki/Mt Cook made the perfect real-life setting for Laketown.

    4 hours from Christchurch

  • Where ancient cliffs loom over battlefields

    The limestone rock formations and prehistoric forest at Mangaotaki Rocks in Piopio doubled as Trollshaws Forest and Staddles Farm

    Mangaotaki Rocks 1 hour 30 mins from Hamilton

    Where ancient cliffs loom over battlefields

    The limestone rock formations and prehistoric forest at Mangaotaki Rocks in Piopio doubled as Trollshaws Forest and Staddles Farm

    1 hour 30 mins from Hamilton

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