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Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton Tours in New Zealand

By Viator, April 2014

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Middle-earth, dreamed up by J.R.R Tolkien, is the hometown of the characters in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Thanks to New Zealand film-maker Peter Jackson, Middle-earth came alive with Jackson's use of New Zealand's visually stunning landscapes as its backdrop.

From the hills of Matamata came Hobbiton, from the volcanic region of Mt Ruapehu came Mt Doom where The Ring was forged, and from Queenstown and its surroundings came the Eregion Hills, the Pillars of Argonath and other scenic locations.

His use and adaptation of the landscape was so visionary and so committed, that many sites where filming took place have been kept as he left them. Visit the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard where Gandalf rode to see Saruman and Orcs felled the trees, the River Anduin where Aragon was washed ashore after the attack of the Wargs, and Helms Deep.

Now, with Jackson's next three-part movie set under way, LOTR fans can experience Middle-earth 60 years before LOTR even took place in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Get a sneak peak of both the LOTR and Hobbit sets before the second part of the three-part series, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is released in December 2013.

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Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

See two magical places come to life on this day tour from Auckland. First explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be entranced by the thousands of twinkling ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $288.97

Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 44 Reviews

Enter the magical world of ‘the Shire’ on this small-group movie set tour to Hobbiton from Auckland. See where the The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $245.63

Wellington's Lord of the Rings Locations Tour including Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 49 Reviews

Explore Middle-earth on this 'Lord of the Rings' location tour. Re-create scenes from 'The Lord of the Rings' book and movies, and see how Middle-earth was ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.88

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set for the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at where ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and the 'Hobbit' trilogies were filmed. You and your ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $355.72

Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

If you’re a movie fan or lover of beautiful landscapes, take the opportunity to see film locations from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films on this Middle-earth tour ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.17
$148.44 Save $22.27

2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island on a two-day escape from Auckland. From Rotorua’s famous geysers and the glowing ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $757.12

'Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Lord of the Rings trilogy fans – return to the lands of Middle-earth and the Shire on this fascinating half-day tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set from Rotorua. ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $96.62

Private Tour: Waitomo Caves and The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Take a private tour of two of New Zealand's most famous attractions on a full-day tour to Waitomo Caves and the Hobbiton movie set from Auckland. See glow ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $323.22

Wellington's Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Follow in the footsteps of Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf on a half-day 'Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. See where Middle-earth was created in New Zealand’s ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.44

Private Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

Spend the day in Middle Earth on a private tour of the Hobbiton movie set from Auckland. See where scenes from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were shot, ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $298.63

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