Lord of the Rings Filming Locations in New Zealand
One of the best places to begin any Lord of the Rings New Zealand vacation is of course the Hobbiton Movie Set. Located in the agricultural region of Matamata, this permanent ode to Middle-earth is like stepping straight onto the set of one of the blockbuster movies. Located on acres of private farmland, amongst the blooming flowers and happily tweeting birds, sit brightly coloured Hobbit holes in a place so incredible you feel like you could bump into Frodo, Bilbo or Gandalf at any given time. Guided tours depart daily from The Shires Rest and end with a cold drink in a replica of the Green Dragon Inn. You can even watch Hobbiton come to life with twinkling lights as dusk arrives with an evening tour of the set.