Home of Middle‑earth™

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More than 20 years after the first Lord of the Rings™ movie was released in 2001, New Zealand is still known as the 'Home of Middle‑earth™'.

New Zealand’s dramatic scenery, consisting of golden plains, towering mountains and enchanting valleys, plays a part in creating the mythical world of Middle‑earth™ as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy. When you visit Middle‑earth™ you can explore the many film locations and join tours and activities for the chance to see the film locations for yourself and step inside the imaginative mind of Tolkien. 

Visit Hobbiton™ and Middle‑earth™

One filming location to rule them all - Hobbiton™ stands out as an incredibly unique and immersive experience for Tolkien fans. But if you're interested in the movie-making geniuses that brought Middle‑earth™ to life, you must also visit the Wētā Workshop Experience in Wellington, a 90-minute guided tour that takes you behind-the-scenes of the movie magic. 

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