“The Hobbit” Adventures in New Zealand
If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy or The Hobbit film trilogy, you can depart on your own journey to the land of Hobbits, Goblins, Wargs, Dwarves, Orcs, Elves, Wizards, and Dragon throughout the surreal locations in New Zealand.
The Hobbit Trilogy was filmed in New Zealand in more than 40 different locations in both the North and South Islands. With many beautiful and unique landscapes around the country, New Zealand is the perfect place to be used as “Middle-earth” of J. R. R. Tolkien where all of his stories took place.
The first location for Hobbit fan is in the countryside of Matamata, Waikato Region. Here, you can visit Hobbiton, a Hobbit village in the Shire. The place was first used in The Lord of the Rings films. Then, the set was re-built with more solid structures to be used in The Hobbit Trilogy. It is open as a tourist attraction for all the fans. You can peer around the houses and you might spy on some residents there. Don’t forget to stop at The Green Dragon Inn for a drink.
The next place is the unusual landscape of Mangaotaki Rocks in Piopio. The area is perfect for filming with prehistoric forest, cliffs, and unique rock formations. You will see Trollshaws Forest and Staddles Farm in real. This place provides a variety of adventurous activities including cave exploring, rock climbing, and rafting.
Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook provide beautiful mountain landscapes used in scenic shots in the movie. It is the location you can see in the Warg Chase scene, Misty Mountains and Rivendell, an Elven outpost. You can picnic by the lake, hike or ride a bike around the area while enjoying scenic views.
Another magical location is Queenstown, a resort town known as hiking paradise. Lake Wakatipu appeared in the scene of Thorin leading his people into the Wildlands. The waterfall along the path to the Misty Mountains is the Earnslaw Burn. It has glacier cascades and waterfalls falling from a cliff of 800 meters high. You can hike to the viewpoint by following the track for 4 – 6 hours. Near Queenstown, there is a ski resort town called Wanaka used in filming the the Misty Mountains path as well. If you visit during the winter, you can go there for skiing.
Pelorus River in Marlborough is a location where a memorable adventure scene took place. The river was used as filming locations in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I am certain that everyone remember the scene that the dwarves floating down the river in giant barrels. You might not be allowed to ride barrels though the river like the dwarves, but you are welcome to do river rafting and kayak. Pelorus River is also a good place to swim, or a romantic walk along the riverside.
Some of the epic bird’s eye view shots in both The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy are the scenery of Fiordland National Park. You can see the Fiordland when the dwarves group was rescued by great Eagles while being chased by Wargs and Goblins. You can experience the spectacular views of fiords and waterfalls like the dwarves by taking a helicopter trip. A boat trip is a nice experience as well because you can get intimate with wildlife in the area.