Are you a diehard Tolkien fan who has always wanted to experience the beauty of Middle Earth for yourself? Then New Zealand is the country for you.
After all, all three movies in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as the Hobbit and its two soon-to-be-released sequels were filmed right here in the Land of the Long White Cloud!
Why not visit New Zealand, organise a car rental and explore some of the many destinations that featured in those hit films for yourself? We guarantee it’ll be a trip that you’ll never forget.
Hobbiton in Matamata
Nestled in the rolling green hills of the North Island, visitors to the town of Matamata will find the hidden village of Hobbiton.
This picturesque movie set has been left standing following the completion of filming and serves as a fantastic visitor’s destination for ring-buffs.
A great itinerary for a trip to Hobbiton is to book yourself an Auckland car hire, and drive down, taking in the stunning scenery along the way.
Once you arrive, you can snap a photo in front of a hobbit hole and even visit the Green Dragon Inn!
The Southern Lakes near Queenstown
If you are visiting the South Island on your trip to New Zealand, you might want to organise a Queenstown car hire instead and take a trip out to the stunning Southern Lakes.
These lakes are the same ones that featured in films such as The Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers, and the friendly tour guides will be more than happy to point out various locations to you.
Not only that, but you will also get the opportunity to handle some authentic Middle Earth costumes and weaponry!
For a truly unique Lord of the Rings tourism experience, you could even book in to stay at one of the themed Tolkien hotels that can be found in Wanaka, about an hour’s drive out of Queensland.