New Zealand is the stunning location where the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. From Hobbiton to Mt Doom, the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed in a wide variety of magical locations in New Zealand’s North and South Islands.

The town of Matamata in the Waikato with it’s rolling hills and emerald green grass was the perfect setting for the peaceful Shire region of Middle-earth, the home of the village of Hobbiton. This area of New Zealand is one of the richest agricultural and pastoral areas in the world and is characterised as a large fertile basin through which the Waikato River flows.

The Hobbiton movie set has primarily been returned to its natural state, however hobbit holes and other distinctive land marks such as ‘the party tree’ still remain and can be viewed as part of a Hobbiton tour.

Source: http://www.firstlighttravel.com/lotr, http://www.redcarpet-tours.com/film-locations