Hobbiton "Lord of the Rings" Hobbit Country Middle Earth New Zealand
Ever since the first Lord of the Rings movie was released, New Zealand has been known as the "Home of Middle-earth".
Now, the country is set to reprise its leading role in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The landscapes of Middle-earth are no fantasy. Movie lovers world-wide can see Middle Earth firsthand here in New Zealand, and experience all the exciting and fun experiences the country has to offer. A decade after the release of Lord of the Rings, fans continue to travel to New Zealand to experience the mountains, lakes, rivers and plains that formed the magical landscape of Middle Earth in the Tolkien films. Now it’s your turn.
Visit Hobbiton where the set of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Movies were filmed. Tours to the Hobbit Movie Set pick up from the ASURE Barclay Motel and drop back at the Motel. Mangakara Nature Walk on Mount Pirongia. This is a fantastic piece of local bush to showcase decent NZ native forest to people. The loop track takes between 1-1.5 hours (depending on whether you walk or dawdle), and there are signs along the path pointing out and describing the native wildlife, and their significance to the Maori and the forest. The walk is mostly flat, and is board walked in places. People may associate this sort of forest to that in the Lord of the Rings film.
Come visit and stay in Tauranga, it is just 50km or 45 minute drive to the little town of Matamata which is the gateway to the legendary Hobbiton Village. The centre of activity for all Middle Earth enthusiasts, Hobbiton where many of the films village scenes were filmed, is a short 15km drive from Matamata. After visiting Hobbiton the vibrant Bay of Plenty and popular city of Tauranga makes a great launch point to experience the many other activities in the Bay of Plenty, such as our beautiful beaches, swimming with dolphins, driving a blokart, do stand-up-paddleboarding, visit a winery and the multitude of restaurants for all palettes and tastes.
Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. ASURE Palm Court Motor Inn (located in Rotorua) is only a 1 hour drive away from Hobbiton, so enjoy your stay with us either before, during or after site seeing and exploring the many attractions and restaurants that Rotorua has on offer.
While Hawke’s Bay does not directly feature in the Hobbit movies, we do have some stunning scenery, landscapes and architecture plus plenty of world class wines - you can’t look inside Hobbit holes everyday! Hawke’s Bay, is positioned perfectly for visitors travelling south from Hobbiton in Waikato, along the Thermal Explorer Highway and on to Wellington (Weta Studios) via the http://www.wellingtonnz.com/classic-new-zealand-wine-trail/Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Stay at ASURE Colonial Lodge Motel in Napier whilst travelling through the Hawke's Bay on your New Zealand tour.
New Zealand’s Marlborough region has long been known for the breathtaking beauty of the Marlborough Sounds and its world class Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy the wine and food, visiting local gardens and artists’ studios or experience the world class Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre where World War One aircraft are brought to life - Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre has a connection to Peter Jackson, Wingnut Films and Weta Workshops - visit www.omaka.org.nz.
The Hobbit movies have been filmed up the lake from Queenstown in Glenorchy. The mysterious mountains and native bush hide the Hobbits, come and join us in a quest to look for these magnificent stories and bring them to life. Assure your warm stay with welcoming hospitality at ASURE Queenstown Gateway Apartments or ASURE Caples Court Motel & Apartments. Get picked up from our doorstep with friends from Nomad Safaris Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Location Tours. 4WD Safaris and Helicopter-hikes to actual filming locations!