New Zealand: Lord of the Rings

Hi there, English Marie here.  If you love nature and are also a bit of a nerd, you’ll love the fact that the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed entirely in New Zealand, the hub for the films’ production being in the capital, Wellington. Did you know that you could tour the filming locations?

Hobbiton Movie Set Matamata 2 Filming in New Zealand LOTR

Drive through the picturesque 1250-acre sheep farm with spectacular views across the Kaimai Ranges. You can follow a guide through the ten-acre site, recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. See how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into the Shire from Midldle-earth. Make sure to grab a specially brewed beverage at the Green Dragon Inn!

LOTR Hobbiton Pure Middle earth Mount Aspiring National Park - LOTR

There are over 150 amazing filming locations to explore within New Zealand; so if you feel like stepping away from the Hobbiton & Shire tour, you can trek the Tongariro Crossing and you’ll see vistas of Mordor, or take a scenic drive to beautiful Glenorchy near Queenstown and witness the fortress of Isengard.

Tongariro National Park - Mordor - LotR Hobbiton Movie Se t- Matamata-1

If you’d like to explore the wonders of Middle-earth and experience the magic of Hobbiton, just give us a call at 773-769-4226.  We’ll help you plan the trip of a lifetime! Check out more of our luxury handcrafted New Zealand itineraries here.