December 2014: Home of Middle-earth

Ever since the first The Lord of the Rings movie was released in 2001, New Zealand has been known as the ‘Home of Middle-earth’.

Hobbit Holes at Hobbiton Movie Set. Credit: Sara Orme
More than 150 locations throughout New Zealand were used to film The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Your clients can experience these locations first hand from the many activities and attractions on offer. 
 
If you are seeking inspiration for your clients’ Middle-earth journey, take a look at our Middle-earth trade itineraries. Start searching itineraries here.
 
Here is a selection of products you might like to consider for your clients’ Middle-earth holiday.


NATIONAL

 
Red Carpet Tours
Red Carpet Tours will take your clients on a pilgrimage through Middle-earth on their range of small group multi-day tours. Get off the beaten track, to locations closed to the public, and experience awe-inspiring scenery and sets.
 
Great Sights
Great Sights offer a range of half and full day Middle-earth tours departing from Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch and Queenstown.  The Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour, departing from Christchurch, visits film set locations including Edoras and Helm’s Deep.
 
 

AUCKLAND

 
Bush and Beach – Hobbition Express Tour
This full day tour departs Auckland in the morning and heads to the HobbitonTM Movie Set in Matamata. Here your clients will enjoy a fascinating guided tour, a beverage at the Green Dragon Inn and lunch at Shire’s Rest Café, before returning to Auckland.
 
TIME Unlimited Tours - Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set Private Luxury Tour
Enjoy a full day private luxury tour from Auckland to HobbitonTM Movie Set. The tour includes transport to/from Auckland, lunch, snacks and beverages. Entry to HobbitonTM Movie Set is additional.
 
 

HAMILTON/WAIKATO

 
HobbitonTM Movie Set and Farm Tours
Discover the real Middle-earth at HobbitonTM Movie Set near Matamata. Enjoy a fascinating two hour guided tour; discover Hobbit Holes, The Mill, double arched bridge and other structures and gardens built for the films. Meals and refreshments are served in The Shires Rest Café and The Green Dragon Inn. For a memorable evening, experience HobbitonTM Movie Set at dusk with a guided tour of the Shire, followed by a banquet fit for a Hobbit at The Green Dragon Inn. Evening Dinner Tours only run on Wednesday.
 
The Middle-earth Trilogy
Enjoy a tour into Middle-earth with packages combining Te Puia, Discover Waitomo and HobbitonTM Movie Set.  Choose from The Trilogy and The Trilogy Supercharged.
 
Hairy Feet Waitomo
Visit the Denize family farm, in the Mangaotaki Valley Piopio, near Waitomo, that was a film set in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The 90 minute small group guided tours depart daily at 10am and 1pm.
 
 

WELLINGTON

 
Weta Workshop – There & Back Again Tour 
The ‘There & Back Again’ tour includes transfers to Weta from central Wellington, guided tour inside Weta Workshop, and guaranteed seats to the Weta Cave’s exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary. 
 
Wellington Rover Tours
Wellington Rover Tours offer small group tours around Wellington. Visit film locations and Weta Workshop on their The Lord of the Rings tours.
 
Flat Earth
Flat Earth provides a range of boutique small group guided tours. Choose from their Middle-earth film locations tour, Middle-earth extended edition tour or Middle-earth deluxe tour.
 
Hammonds Scenic Tours
Get off the beaten track with Hammond’s Palliser Bay and The Lord of the Rings film sites tour. This small group coach tour also visits elegant villages, boutique wineries and other stops in the beautiful Wairarapa.
 
 

NELSON

 
Visit Mt Olympus (South of Rivendell), Mt Owen (Dimrill Dale) and Canaan Downs (Chetwood Forest) from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Both Reid Helicopters and Tasman Helicopters offer a range of incredible Middle-earth tours.
 
Wine, Art & Wilderness
Wine, Art & Wilderness provides luxury wine, eco and art tours in the Marlborough and Nelson regions. Choose from their exciting Hobbit’s Holiday tours; West of Rivendell or Chetwood Forest. 
 
 

MARLBOROUGH

 
Pelorus Eco Adventures 
The barrel scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was filmed on the beautiful Pelorus River. Pelorus Eco Adventures’ guided kayak tour ‘Barrel Run’ gives visitors the opportunity to experience the filming locations first hand and learn inside information about the filming. 
 
 

CHRISTCHURCH & CANTERBURY

 
Hassle Free Tours – Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour 
Journey to The Lord of the Rings filming location: remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday. See how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. 
 
One Ring Tours
One Ring Tours offer a range of small group Middle-earth tours around Canterbury. Discover the film location of Gondor, from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. 
 
 

WANAKA

 
Eco Wanaka Adventures – Misty Mountains Heli Hike
Enjoy an exclusive helicopter experience, following the Eagles flight, with a landing on glaciated Fog Peak , then Treble Cone’s Towers Ridge. This tour combines a 4WD trip, helicopter flight and guided hike. Tours runs from November to April (weather dependant).
 
 

QUEENSTOWN

 
Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters, Glenorchy Air and Heliworks offer exhilarating helicopter tours to explore Middle-earth.
 
Nomad Safaris
Nomad Safaris offer three exciting Middle-earth tours, showcasing famous filming scenes from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Locations include Glenorchy, Wakatipu Basin and Paradise.
 
Dart River Jet
Dart River Jet offers stimulating not-to-be-missed journeys into the Dart River Valley where mythology, heritage and fantasy meet reality. Be immersed in scenes and backdrops from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.
 
Private Discovery Tours - High Country Discovery Tour 
Enjoy a half day small group tour through Mount Earnslaw Station and see Middle-earth filming locations.
 
Pure Glenorchy – The Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour
Enjoy a half day guided tour from Queenstown. Explore Isengard, Amon Hen, Lothlorien Forest, The Misty Mountains and Ithilien.

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