While on the North Island visit a creation of a different kind – Hobbiton. The iconic rolling fields and lush green pasture, perfect for the Lord of the Rings series’ own Hobbiton, was found on the Alexander farm. Lying out of sight of twenty-first century creations, such as roads and power lines, the fantasy world of Middle-earth was constructed. In 2009, after filming The Hobbit trilogy, the crew left behind 44 permanent Hobbit Holes.
Today visitors can tour the hills of Hobbiton seeking out adventure by:
- walking through the home of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins
- learning how the Hobbit Holes were created
- sitting under the sky-high Party Tree
- or having a drink at The Green Dragon bar.
The magic of the Middle-earth can be found all over New Zealand. Between Blenheim and Nelson the Pelorus River offers walking paths through the forest glades, with paths leading to a waterfall and rock pool – the best in enchanting scenery. The Pelorus Bridge was a filming location for scenes from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, including the scene featuring dwarves floating in barrels down the river.