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Explore The Hobbit’s New Zealand

By HarryMonday 26th January 2015



The recent release of The Hobbit’s final chapter, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, brought millions of J.R.R. Tolkien fans to cinema screens across the world, where they got to follow the final instalment of this incredible trilogy. But, behind the captivating narrative and enchanting characters you’ll discover the stunning landscape of New Zealand, a backdrop that Peter Jackson beautifully brings to the screen whilst retelling the story of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.


To inspire those of you that were tempted by the breathtaking scenery within the films, we’ve put together a handy guide to some of the best of The Hobbit’s filming locations in New Zealand. From the Green Dragon Inn in Hobbiton, to the mountains and lakes of Bilbo Baggins’ journey, here you can start planning your Tolkien-inspired adventure to New Zealand’s ‘Middle Earth’ today. 


Explore the real Hobbiton

The Shire you’ve grown to love is actually situated within the beautiful landscape of Matamata, a rural town in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s Northern Island. The fictional town of Hobbiton is located close to local farmland that’s dotted with thoroughbred horses and sheep that wander over the rolling green hills, so it’s easy to imagine you’re right at the heart of Middle Earth.
Now that all filming is over, you and your kids can explore Hobbiton for yourself, where you can look forward to popping round Bag End for a glimpse of life as a hobbit, or enjoying a refreshing pit stop at the Green Dragon Inn for a traditionally brewed drink or two.

Hike through The Trollshaws in PioPio

PioPio is a quaint village that can be found nestled between the stunning Waitomo Glow Worm caves and the rocky formations off the Taranaki Coast. The jagged cliffs and pre-historic forest at Mangaotaki Rocks made PioPio the perfect backdrop for some of the most exciting scenes in the Tolkien films.
PioPio is also home to Hairy Feet Waitomo, a great place that offers a scenic film location tour of the stunning settings from some of the more famous scenes. Wander around the mysterious woods, where the trolls set up camp, or walk the very same road, of towering cliff faces and emerald green flora, that Radagast sped past whilst hurtling away from the Wargs on his rabbit driven sleigh.

The Lonely Mountain

For the gorgeous alpine backdrop used in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Lord of the Rings films, Mount Cook was an obvious choice for The Lonely Mountain. Mount Cook is also the tallest mountain in New Zealand, and with its snow-coated peaks, thick green forests and indigo-tinted lakes, it makes for the perfect setting when enjoying a mid-morning hike.

Take in the views of Laketown

Close to Mount Cook is Lake Pukaki, a gorgeous glacial lake that is milky-blue in colour and surrounded by stunning wildflowers and green fields. The area surrounding the lake is the real-life location of the fictional Laketown, which features in the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. There you can enjoy a scenic walk, or on a summer’s day pack up some food and set up a picnic on the grass beside the lake’s shore.

Fancy a trip to Middle Earth?

Join Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, and book a holiday to the picturesque country of New Zealand. With breathtaking scenery and fascinating cultures to indulge in, New Zealand makes for a wondrous place to explore. So check out our brilliant holidays, and start packing your bags for the trip of a lifetime.

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