Escape to Middle Earth, stand in the shadows of Mount Doom and take a cup of tea in Bag End, all in the lush and verdant greenery of New Zealand. Fantasy lovers can experience their own dream come true with a New Zealand tour of the locations featured in the epic trilogy of Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings. With lavish luxury accommodation along the way, sights that will startle and stir your imagination and a rare chance to explore the islands off the beaten track; this is the ultimate way to take an unexpected journey.

Hobbiton in Matamata, Waikato

The jewelled countryside with its rich rolling hills, its pastures and picture perfect farms and its flooded blue skies provided the backdrop for the home of the hobbits. Many of the hobbit houses with their round doors are still set into the hills while traditional ale houses and pubs give the shire a welcoming retreat from the real world. Those seeking a luxury holiday will adore the charm and the hospitality waiting to welcome you into Hobbiton.

Argonath on the Anduin River, Kawaru River, Otago

Remember the epic scene where the fellowship descended down the Anduin River to gaze upon the faces of Kings – well now you can take that journey too. Even though the pillars of the kings cannot be seen, the sparkling waters, the sheer rock faces carved by Mother Nature and the excitement of the surroundings are still a sight to behold.

Misty Mountains, Southern Alps, South Island

Over the misty mountains the fellowship hiked hard through snow and ice to continue their quest. The towering alpine scenery, the low settling mist and the dramatic peaks set against the sky makes for an unrivalled visit to the Southern Alps. This is middle earth at its finest and for those wanting to get swept away with Tolkien’s imagery, a must visit natural wonder.

Lothlorien, Milford Sound, Fjordland

The rugged landscape, the emerald colours shimmering and the glacial cut lakes are not only considered one of the most beautiful natural feats in the world but were also home to the Elves. Many scenes for Lord of the Rings were filmed in the deep dark woods including scenes set in Lothlorien. With amazing boutique luxury accommodation, hot air balloon flights and pure unadulterated bliss, the Milford Sound is an ethereal experience.

Mount Doom, Mount Ngauruhoe, Tongariro National Park

Step onto another plain and gaze into the dark eyes of Mount Doom. The Tongariro National Park is the best location for spotting the bleak, hauntingly beautiful and rumbling Mount Ngauruhoe that served as the journeys end and the one place that could destroy the ring…

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