There’s no questioning why New Zealand was chosen as the backdrop for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films.
The rugged mountain scenery, vast lakes and striking volcanic craters look just as extraordinary in real life as they do on the big screen! Filming locations for the movies are scattered across the North and South Island of New Zealand, so if you’re movie mad be sure to keep your eyes peeled whilst on your next Kiwi Adventure! Over 150 locations were used to bring The Lord of the Rings Trilogy to the big screen. Every year visitors go to New Zealand because of the Lord of the Rings locations guide.
Here are our top 6 Middle-Earth filming locations for you to check out when visiting New Zealand: