The Lord of the Rings is one of the most popular movie franchises of all time. It captivated audiences all over the world with its story – an adventure on a scale rarely seen before! But, perhaps, the most visually stunning aspect of these movies was the epic landscapes where they were filmed. They were shot on the incredible islands of New Zealand.
Over 150 Kiwi locations were used in the making of these movies. Some of the places included Matamata which is the place they used as the Shire. The snowy mountains of Queenstown were also used, among many other beautiful spots.
Top Things to do for Lord of the Rings Fans
Like I just mentioned, there were so many different locations used in the filming process and you can visit many of them today. I’m going to share some of them with you…
1. Hobbiton Movie Set Tours
So if you’re a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit movies, definitely check this place out.
These are guided tours and you get to visit all of the most iconic spots like Bilbo’s house and the Green Dragon Inn.
2. Visit Rohan
Even if you’re not the biggest fan of the movies, you’ll still have an amazing experience going here.
This guided tour takes you to the area surrounding Mount Sunday which was transformed into the city of Edoras for the films.
Since it’s quite a remote place, you are driven around in special six-wheel drive cars!
3. Fly Through the Sets
If you’ve got a little bit extra cash in your pocket, this may be the ultimate Lord of the Rings experience!
You get an aerial tour of many of the filming locations as well as getting to witness some of the most stunning scenery in the world!
The pilots were also members of the production team on the movies so they can also give you some exclusive behind the scenes info.
This will cost a few hundred pounds per person however.
4. Helicopter and Hiking Tour
I’ve probably saved the best one for last!
This four and a half long helicopter tour takes you through “The Misty Mountains”.
You also get the opportunity to hike too. This is on the same path that Bilbo and the Dwarfs take in the first Hobbit movie!
There you go guys. If you somehow hadn’t heard of Lord of the Rings, you can go and check them out. If you are a huge fan of the franchise, hopefully this has inspired you to venture into Middle Earth yourself.
For those of you who want to find out more about visiting these places, just click here.
New Zealand just sounds like an amazing place to visit. We definitely have it on our bucket list.
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