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To experience Middle Earth in real life, book a New Zealand Lord of the Rings tour and visit top filming locations around the country.
New Zealand Lord of the Rings tour highlights include:
Read on for answers to frequently asked questions on New Zealand Middle Earth tours.
For the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, New Zealand played the part of Middle Earth. In addition, most landscapes are real rather than CGI, so you can see the same mountains, rivers, and hobbit-holes that starred in the films.
Film crews used landscapes all around New Zealand to create Middle Earth. Major filming destinations include:
Filming took place across the country. Wellington and Queenstown served as bases for numerous scenes, though other areas featured heavily as well.
In general, the South Island played the part of mountainous regions such as Rohan and Gondor, while the North Island doubled as the idyllic, rolling countryside of the Shire and the lava-strewn landscape of Mordor.
Many companies offer Lord of the Rings tours in different parts of New Zealand. The major Lord of the Rings tours include:
Our 14 Day Lord of the Rings Luxury Holiday Package includes several notable Lord of the Rings location tours.
Yes, you can visit countless Lord of the Rings filming destinations all across New Zealand. However, some destinations are only accessed by helicopter or by hiking, so you will need to pick and choose. The major filming destinations are included on tours around areas such as Matamata, Wellington, and Queenstown.
No. The Hobbiton Movie Set is located on private farmland, so you will need to book a tour to visit. However, you do have the option to book a private tour if you prefer.
No, there are no places to stay at the Hobbiton Movie Set. However, you can stay in the nearby village of Matamata, just a 20-minute drive from Hobbiton. Alternatively, visit the movie set on the drive between nearby destinations such as Auckland and Rotorua.
Yes, you can rent a hobbit hole. The two hobbit hole motels in New Zealand are:
Underhill is a romantic luxury glamping setup, set in a secluded, idyllic glen. This charming hobbit hole sleeps two.
Meanwhile, Woodlyn Park is a motel-style hobbit hole perfect for families.
If you can time your visit right, the Hobbiton Evening Banquet Tour is the best tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. However, this special experience only takes place on certain days of the week, so you may need to plan your travels around the tour.
The Hobbiton Evening Banquet Tour includes a daylight tour of the movie set, followed by a Hobbit-themed feast in the Green Dragon Inn. After that, enjoy a lantern-lit evening tour of Hobbiton. Experience the charming miniature village at its most picturesque, after the tourists have gone home.