When the movie makers decided that New Zealand was going to be the location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, no one really understood the impact this would have on tourism in New Zealand. The scenery and landscape were perfect - almost as if Tolkien had modelled his tales on this very country. Luckily many of the locations used are very accessible and in some cases scenes and locations recreated so that fans and followers can once again immerse themselves in the fantastic world created back in 1937.
The self drive itinerary examples below all travel through scenery and locations that were used in the movies. Activities and attractions such as Hobbiton, Weta Workshops, local 4WD tours to locations and much more can be built into our tailor-made packages.
Every New Zealand experience we create is tailor-made to suit you. We have hundreds of accommodation options and iconic New Zealand locations and attractions that can be designed into the perfect itinerary. So take a look at our sample itineraries and then get in touch with us to chat about your ideal New Zealand & Lord of the Rings adventure.
A whirlwind adventure in the central North Island. Take a tour to Hobbiton, home of the Bilbo Baggins, explore a Maori village through song and dance. Then onto Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake for some jet boat thrills. New Zealand first national park. Waitomo is next and the amazing cave systems. Explore the glow worm cave and Aranui Cave before heading to Auckland city and your onward journey.
Bring the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton to life with this 10 day tour of the key filming locations in the North Island. Highlights include Mt Doom and Mordor, a visit to the living village of Hobbiton, and a behind the scenes tour of Weta Cave - the creative genius behind the movies, and in Waitomo, you'll head descend into a lost underground world.
You’ll enjoy visiting some of the filming locations for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies including Hobbiton Village, Mt. Potts and Mt. Sunday which were transformed into Edoras and remarkable locations such as Forest of Lothlorien and the Ithilien Camp.
Explore the South Island and experience its role in creating Tolkien's Middle Earth. During your 2 week adventure you’ll explore a variety of landscapes from the films, including Beorn’s House, the Anduin River and the Misty Mountains to name a few. With many guided tours, scenic flights and jet boat rides, this is a thrilling way to discover Middle Earth for yourself.