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A sparkling coastal city of islands and harbours, Auckland is known for its beautiful scenery and laid-back vibe and is your gateway to Middle-earth.
The dormant island of Rangitoto lies within the centre of Auckland's harbour. A short ferry-ride away, climb to the top and be rewarded with 360degree views of the city and its islands. Viaduct The Viaduct is the city's buzzing harborside precinct, home to gourmet restaurants and busy nightlife. Enjoy quality food and wine and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
Hobbiton appears exactly as it did in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. See the Party Tree and Bag End close up with a guided tour, and then quench your thirst with a handle of ale at the brand-new Green Dragon Inn. Nearby filming location: The Shire, Hobbiton
Wellington is New Zealand's movie-production hub, home to Weta Workshop and Weta Cave. All the post production for The Hobbit trilogy took place here, and the city also has a buzzing cultural and theatre scene. Discover nearby filming locations, and take in expansive city views with a cable-car ride to the Kelburn lookout. Nearby filming locations: Nazgul, Rivendell, Isengard Gardens
At the northern tip of the South Island, Nelson is the sunniest place in New Zealand. Known for its stunning beaches, lush national parks and quirky towns, it's a place you can easily spend a couple of days exploring. Hire a kayak in Abel Tasman, or go hiking amidst the stunning landscapes of Kahurangi. Nearby filming locations: Chetwood Forest, Dimrill Dale, south of Rivendell
The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are more than 10,000 years old and flow almost to sea level - making them among the most convenient to visit in the world. When you stand close to the foot of these glaciers, their sheer enormity is overwhelming. Nearby filming locations: lighting of the beacons
Glenorchy is a rustic town nestled on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu, around 45 minutes' drive from Queenstown. A true outdoor enthusiasts' paradise, some of the most scenic walking tracks in the country can be found on Glenorchy's doorstep. Try the 3-4 day Routeburn Track, featuring jewel-like lakes, or the 4-5 day Rees and Dart Track. The area's surrounding mountain ranges and native beech forests make hiking or horse riding in the region a truly magical outdoor experience. Nearby filming locations: Isengard, Lothlorien, Fangorn Forest
Surrounded by stunning mountains and a crystal-clear lake, Queenstown is one of New Zealand's top visitor destinations. There's everything from adventure activities, winter skiing and gourmet food and wine on offer, and it's a great place to base yourself to see some of the most stunning Middle-earth filming locations. Nearby filming locations: The Ford of Brunein, The Gladden Fields, Sindarin Pillars of the Kings, Isengard, Lothlorien
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