Anyone who has seen the hit Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films will have been stunned by the breath-taking landscape and scenery. The fictional world in which the films are set is called Middle Earth, and when the makers of the film were trying to find the best place to represent this world, New Zealand’s vast and varied landscape stood out as the ideal location. Most of the landmarks that are seen in the films are real-life places, and the good news is that anyone can go and visit them.
There are many different ways to enjoy this beautiful country, but one idea for your New Zealand adventure could be to follow the same path as the hobbits in Lord of the Rings. Why not gather your friends and form a fellowship?
A good place to start your Lord of the Rings experience is in the capital of Wellington, where the world premiere of The Hobbit was screened. From the city, there are guided tours to a lot of the sites from the films. These include the forests of Rivendell, and the quarry used as Helms Deep in Rohan and Minas Tirith in Gondor. Wellington is also home to the Oscar-winning Weta Workshop, the special effects studio behind Peter Jackson’s film empire.
In the Lord of the Rings, it was Frodo Baggins’ mission to cast the ring of power back into the hell where it was forged, in the chasms of Mount Doom in Mordor. On your adventure through real-life Middle Earth you can also scale the volcanic mountain that was used to film the finale to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is hugely popular and is considered as New Zealand’s best one-day hike.
If all the hiking is getting too much for you, there are plenty of great hotels around to have chill-out days to regain your strength. Top your trip off with a visit to Queenstown to see some of the most jaw-dropping landscape the world has to offer. The mountainous peaks here were used as a backdrop for many of the scenes in Peter Jackson’s films.
So what are you waiting for? Go and buy a cheap ring and start your Lord of the Rings adventure now!