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What are the best Lord of the Rings activities in New Zealand?

edited October 2017 in - New Zealand
Hello, everyone

My partner and I are planning a trip to New Zealand this summer and we are hoping you guys can help us out with some advice. We're really big fans of Lord of the Rings and so we're keen to see some of the astoundingly beautiful scenery from the films. What national parks etc. would you recommend, and which cities are the best bases from which to travel? Also, is New Zealand as expensive as everyone says?


  • edited June 2017
    Although you told that you both are the big fans of "Lord of the Rings" ,I am going to share some locations in new Zealand which you mustn't miss to visit in NZ. Here are : -

    1) Hobbiton
    2) MT Sunday
    3) Skippers Canyon
    4) Deer Park Heights
    5) Twizel
    6) Snowdon Forest

    Hope you like it .

    Cheap Dubai Travel - Beyond Dubai

  • Hi @BruQue. New Zealand does indeed offer some spectacular scenery. If you check out the official NZ tourism website, you'll find some reputable tour operators that offer Lord of the Rings themed tours, from short outings to two-week LOTR adventures. You can take a tour of filming locations, and visit Hobbiton itself. You can even see the stunning alpine mountains of 'Edoras', the capital city of the Rohan people from the trilogy.

    If you're on a budget, you can explore these regions yourself. Take a look at
    our guide to New Zealand: there are many options. But if you really want to feel like you've just stepped into the Lord of the Rings world, don't miss Fjordland National Park.

    New Zealand can be a little pricey depending where you're coming from. It's possible to do it on a budget though! Take a look at these tips for keeping your costs down on your New Zealand trip.

    Have a great trip!
  • Hi, @Lauren_E and @BeyondDubai

    Thank you so much for your helpful advice. We are so excited for our trip and will definitely include some of these destinations in our New Zealand itinerary! I have seen that you can even recreate scenes from The Lord of the Rings on certain tours, which is really cool.

    Thanks again for all of your help!
  • I suggest the WETA workshop if you pass through Wellington - theyre the team that have made a big name for themselves in movie special effects including LOTR. they have tours etc.
  • @Eidolon wow! That sounds amazing! Our trip just finished but we will definitely be going back to New Zealand. Can you please tell me more about the WETA workshop in New Zealand? What exactly happens there?

    Could you please post some links?
  • @BruQue apologies for the delay in getting back to you. the link is and they are on twitter and facebook as well. A Weta here in New Zealand, is the Maori name for a very large harmless insect that looks kind of like a grasshopper on steroids, is dark brown and live in the native forests.

    WETA workshop has a 'brag sheet' of providing special effects (in digital and standard formats) costumes, models and monsters for movies and awards that stretch back to 1987 including the LOTR movies and the latest - Taika Waititi's Thor:Ragnarok. they offer various tours starting from $25NZD but also have an amazing retail/gift shop with free entry. Do check out their website as pictures paint a thousand words. Also if you have time in wellington stop and visit they are (in their words) "world’s first fully-fenced urban eco-sanctuary, with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state. The 225 hectare eco-sanctuary is a groundbreaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, 6 of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years." So if you dont have time to 'go bush' in nz its a great pocket of NZ.

    If you happen to visit my own Christchurch there is a Edoras LOTR tour which is usually a full day trip out of Christchurch. there is also a lot to see in the city including the earthquake memorial along with heaps of other stuff and great bars and dining.

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