7 The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit locations that you can visit

New Zealand is Middle Earth! Peter Jackson captured New Zealand's raw beauty during the shooting of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy. In fact, over 150 locations were used in the original trilogy! It will be hard for you not to stumble upon one. We have selected the 7 most unique locations for you to write down on your New Zealand bucket list.

  • Mt Tongariro (Central North Island)
    The mountain is home to the outside shot of the dark and desolated Mordor.
  • Wellington
    Aside from the world famous Weta studio, also visit Mt Victoria that was the woods outside Hobbiton.
  • Mt Sunday (Canterbury)
    The huge set of Edoras was built and shot there.
  • Matamata (near Rotorua)
    Probably the most emblematic location, Hobbiton village is open to visitors.
  • Nelson (Marlborough)
    Jens Hansen lives there, he is the goldsmith that created the 40 One Rings use in the movies.
  • Kaitoke Regional Park (near Wellington)
    The well signed regional park was the set of Rivendell.
  • Southern Lakes (near Glenorchy)
    Isengard and most of the panoramas seen in the movies were shot in this idyllic place.

Those are only the tip of the iceberg, for more detailed information on the filming locations consider buying Ian Brodie's Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook or Lonely Planet's Lord of the Rings New Zealand Guide Book.

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