7 Lord Of The Rings destinations not to miss in New Zealand
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If you’ve watched the LOTR films you’ll know how beautifully stunning the landscapes are. Any of the rolling hills in New Zealand could play host to The Shire, but some of the other landscapes are undeniably famed locations filmed across New Zealand. LOTR showcased some of New Zealand’s sheer beauty to the world, and now you can even visit the locations in person. Die-hard fans might want to consider a Lord of the Rings tour, which often includes costumes to re-enact scenes. Get your LOTR geek on! 1. Hobbiton Hobbiton I hear you say! Yes Hobbiton is a real place! You can potter around the village in The Shire, have a cider in the Green Dragon pub, have a little dance under the Party Tree, and even visit Frodo at Bag End. Many of the tours from Rotorua and Auckland visit this iconic set so make it a must do on your list. Location: Matamata, Waikato, North Island 2. Te Anu One of the more tense scenes from the films is set in the South Island's Te Anu, close to Milford Sound. It is the location for the Dead Marshes that Gollum leads Frodo and Sam through where they see the faces in the water. Creepy! In reality however it is a really beautiful place! Location: Fiordland National Park, South Island 3. Mt. Doom A must do for many walkers, hikers and even backpackers is hiking the famous Tongariro Crossing. Experience what it would be like to be Frodo and Sam and climb even closer to the fiery depths of Mordor. If you are feeling extra fit, you can hike up Mt. Doom itself, though be prepared - it's tough! Location: Tongariro National Park, North Island 4. Milford Sound
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