Ever since the first The Lord of the Rings movie was released in 2001, New Zealand has been known as the 'Home of Middle-earth'.
New Zealand’s dramatic scenery plays the mythical world of Middle-earth on the big screen in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy. Golden plains, towering mountains and enchanting valleys form the lands of Lothlorien, Hobbiton, Rivendell and more with seamless magic.
From scenery to set
The similarities between New Zealand and Middle-earth are remarkable. Bubbling brooks intersect with gentle waterfalls; snow-capped peaks cast shadows over lush forest valleys, and ancient glaciers – frozen in time – cascade almost to the sea.
There’s no place like it
The diversity of the New Zealand landscape has been a draw for filmmakers and travelers from around the world. Many activities and attractions offer the chance to see the film locations for yourself, as well as the many other experiences New Zealand is known for.
Release dates for The Hobbit Trilogy:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, December 14, 2012
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, December 13, 2013
The Hobbit: There and Back Again, December 17th, 2014