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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