How to travel like a hobbit in New Zealand

The top 5 things a hobbit would do in the real Middle-earth; New Zealand.

From a place that is really called ‘Paradise’, to Hobbiton nestled in the green rolling hills of Matamata– New Zealand is the real Middle-earth and the perfect place to go on an adventure! We count down the top five things a Hobbit would do in New Zealand.

5. Paradise Safari, Queenstown

They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard… and then moving on to discover the Forest of Lothlorien, in Paradise! Home to many of Middle-earth’s most recognisable scenes, Paradise is every bit as beautiful as the name suggests. With four hour or full-day options with Nomad Safari’s you’ll be able to take in as much of the breathtaking scenery as you like.

4.  Weta Cave Workshop tour, Wellington  

Take an exclusive look behind the scenes of the fantastical world of the five-time Academy Award winning Weta Workshop, best known for their work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Filled with authentic film props, costumes, miniatures and creatures you’ll be closer to the films than ever. You might even catch a glimpse of work being done inside the workshop! 

3. The Food Foragers Picnic, Nelson 

The perfect activity for a hobbit- spend four hours gathering all the local gourmet produce the Nelson region has to offer, then sit down to enjoy them with an idyllic Kiwi picnic. What could be better than dedicating your day to foraging food in the rolling green hills of Middle-earth?

2.  Capital Craft Beer Tour, Wellington 

Hobbit’s love their ale. On this tour you will travel to four separate venues, sampling the best craft beer New Zealand’s film capital Wellington has to offer. With tutored tastings and food platters of local delights, this experience promises to leave you full of food, beer and knowledge. 

1. Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata 

Everyone knows that a hobbit’s favourite place is home. The Hobbiton Movie Set has become a must-do New Zealand experience for Middle-earth fans.  Return to the shire, have a beer at the Green Dragon Inn and finish the tour with a dance on the ‘party field’.

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