What Every “Lord of the Rings” Fan Should See in New Zealand

Sean Astin and Elijah Wood in
Sean Astin and Elijah Wood in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

For fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy world, New Zealand is more than just a beautiful destination – it’s Middle-earth brought to life. Here are a few destinations to add to your travel itinerary. 

Hobbiton Movie Set – Matamata, North Island

A visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set is a must for any Lord of the Rings fan. Located on the North Island, this meticulously crafted movie set is home to the Shire, where the Hobbits live. Enjoy the lush, green hills of Hobbiton and have a drink at the Green Dragon Inn. It’s like stepping into the pages of Tolkien’s books.

Wellington – North Island

And finally, Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, is a hub for Lord of the Rings fan experiences. You can visit Weta Workshop, where much of the film’s special effects were created, and explore the Weta Cave for a behind-the-scenes look at the movie magic.

Tongariro National Park – North Island

Tongariro National Park served as the backdrop for the land of Mordor and the fiery Mount Doom. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a popular trek that takes you through volcanic landscapes that will feel eerily familiar to fans of the films.