A Hobbit's Journey Through New Zealand

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Some Hobbits don't like to stray too far from home, but occasionally they embark on a grand adventure. Explore New Zealand - the real Middle‑earth - and follow in the footsteps of Bilbo, Frodo and Sam from Tongariro National Park in the north, to Treble Cone and the Misty Mountains pathway in the south.

Journey through dramatic scenes of golden plains, enchanting valleys and towering mountains as you experience many of the film locations for yourself.

Hamilton - Waikato
Hobbiton, Hamilton - Waikato

By Sara Orme

New Zealand
Hobbiton Movie Set, New Zealand

By Hobbiton Movie set

New Zealand
Forest in Glenorchy, New Zealand

By Glenorchy Journeys

Christchurch - Canterbury
Lake Alexandrina, Christchurch - Canterbury

By John Doogan

Hamilton - Waikato
Hobbiton™ Movie Set, Hamilton - Waikato

By Middle Earth Trilogy

Ruapehu
Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu

By Camilla Rutherford

Christchurch - Canterbury
Mount Cook, Christchurch - Canterbury

By David Swanson

New Zealand
A Hobbit's Packing List, New Zealand

By Tourism New Zealand

New Zealand
Mt. Earnslaw Burn, Mt. Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

By Corinne.Staley

New Zealand
The Hobbit - Five Armies, New Zealand

By Warner Bros.

Hobbiton in 360-degrees

Take the 360-degree experience. Go behind the scenes of New Zealand's real Middle‑earth film set, without leaving home.

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Highlights

  • Green Dragon Inn
  • Hobbiton Cutting
  • Bag End

Hobbiton in 360-degrees

Take the 360-degree experience. Go behind the scenes of New Zealand's real Middle‑earth film set, without leaving home.

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Highlights

  • Green Dragon Inn
  • Hobbiton Cutting
  • Bag End

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PACK LIKE A HOBBIT

What would you pack for your Hobbit-inspired holiday? Get replicas from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies to take with you.

Start in Hobbiton

Journey from the exciting urban hub of Auckland to Matamata - the home of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Enjoy a guided tour around The Shire, where your knowledgeable guide will enlighten you about the history and the on-location filming processes. Stop for a handle of Sobering Thought Ale at the Green Dragon Inn or grab a light lunch at the Shire’s Rest Café.

Click here to experience Hobbiton in 360 degrees.

I just wish I could move into one of these Hobbit holes I mean this would be an absolutely idyllic place to live, it really would. This is the sort of place that I would very happily retire to.

Sir Peter Jackson Director Discover The Hobbit Trilogy filming locations.
Hamilton - Waikato

Hamilton - Waikato

Find things to do in Hamilton-Waikato.

Highlights

  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Waitomo Cave
  • Te Waihou Walkway’

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Journey to Mordor

Experience wilderness in Tongariro National Park - an area known for its mountainous, desolate beauty. This region was used as the location for some of the filming of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It is also famous for the Tongariro Crossing - an iconic kiwi day hike. Spend a night in Ohakune under the shadow of rugged Mt Ruapehu and enjoy this small town that acted as a location base for The Hobbit film crew.

New Zealand
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

By Andy Belcher

Tourists with Mount Ngauruhoe in the background - the location of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Ruapehu

Ruapehu

Learn more about the Ruapehu Region.

Highlights

  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Whanganui National Park
  • Scenic Flights

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Stand among the greenest of forests

Dewy scenery and natural spectacles are New Zealand's biggest draw-cards and a sure reason why the country was chosen as the home of Middle‑earth. Explore this magical world of tall trees, clear rivers and melodious birdlife on a short walk or famous multi-day hike.

Southland
McClean Falls, Southland

By Venture Southland

McClean Falls surrounded by lush rainforest in the Catlins

Southland

Southland

The land of rugged coastlines, nature walks, and wildlife.

Highlights

  • Nugget Point Lighthouse
  • Curio Bay
  • McLean Falls

Proximity

Take a sneak peak behind the scenes

Weta is the Academy Award winning company behind the special effects of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, and the Weta Cave in Wellington is a mini-museum that showcases the props and characters that create the movie magic. Get a behind-the-scenes look before checking out nearby filming locations. Indulge in the city’s buzzing food and wine scene, and enjoy a cable-car ride to the Kelburn lookout for expansive harbour views.

New Zealand
Weta Cave Workshop Tour, New Zealand

By Weta Workshop

See special effect and set designers at work in a Weta Cave Workshop Tour. Learn their secrets about what it takes to create the movie masterpieces.

Wellington

Wellington

'Coolest little capital' according to Lonely Planet.

Highlights

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Mount Victoria Lookout
  • Zealandia, Wellington’s eco sanctuary

Proximity

Hold 'The One Ring'

Enjoy a stopover in Nelson – one of the sunniest parts of New Zealand and see that gleaming sunshine on 'The One Ring’. Here you will find Jens Hansen -The Ringmaker, the goldsmith responsible for creating the 40 different rings used in production. And one of the original rings is on display for you to marvel at before buying yourself a replica. Afterwards explore the many craft breweries in Nelson, or check out other filming locations including Chetwood Forest, Pelorus River, Mt Olympus and Mt Owen.

Nelson
Halfdan Hansen with the 'Ring', Nelson

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Get your hands on the official 'The One Ring' at Jens Hansen - The Ringmaker in Nelson.

Nelson

Nelson

Discover more things to do in Nelson.

Highlights

  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Golden Bay
  • Local produce and craft beer

Proximity

Discover Earnslaw Burn and the Misty Mountains Pathway

One of the most magical locations in The Hobbit Trilogy is Earnslaw Burn. Here you will find sheer walls of granite rising 800 meters from the basin floor, and a monumental glacier creating a number of cascading waterfalls from its meltwater that spill down from the cliff-tops.  It was here that Bilbo and the Company of Dwarves continued their quest on foot after departing Rivendell.

The place was alive with these incredible cascades. We were very lucky to go to some extraordinary locations.

Andy Serkis Gollum & Second Unit Director - The Hobbit Trilogy Discover The Hobbit Trilogy filming locations.
Queenstown
Earnslaw Burn, Queenstown

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Earnslaw Burn is perhaps the most spectacular of all the locations in The Hobbit Trilogy.

Queenstown

Queenstown

Paradise for walking and hiking lovers.

Highlights

  • Middle‑earth guided tour’
  • Dart River Jet
  • Mount Aspiring National Park

Proximity

Relax in Paradise

Paradise - a real place in New Zealand's Southern Lakes region is a picture of glorious isolation and natural grandeur. It's no wonder Peter Jackson chose this as the location for Beorn's House in The Hobbit Trilogy, as well as Isengard, Lothlorien and Amon Hen in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Come here to experience the magic of silence, and be in awe of the REAL Middle‑earth.

 

Queenstown
Glenorchy & Paradise, Queenstown

By Off Road 4x4 Queenstown

Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, Glenorchy is nestled on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu & is the gateway to hiking trails and Middle‑earth magic

Queenstown

Queenstown

Things to do near Queenstown.

Highlights

  • Queenstown Hill Time Walk
  • Guided Middle‑earth tours
  • Horse riding

Proximity

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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