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Lord of the Rings & Hobbit

Hobbit Hole -- Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata, New Zealand 2016

Film Director Peter Jackson put New Zealand’s majestic scenery front and centre on world cinema screens with his adaptions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Enthusiastic fans flock to movie set Hobbiton, near Matamata, 2.5hrs south of Auckland, while others head to Weta Cave in Wellington, where special effects for the series came to life. Nomad Safaris in Queenstown run popular tours of filming locations in the Southern Lakes region.

If you’re driving around the country and are interested in seeing some of the locations yourself, check out:

Cape Palliser

Rugged Wairarapa coast, seals & walk (1.5hr)


Movie set tours

Lord of the Rings Tours

Middle Earth filming locations around Queenstown

Weta Cave

Imaginary worlds brought to life

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Joe Ross