J.R.R Tolkien's Middle-Earth has captured the hearts and minds of generations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings fans. Whether you came to share in the Hobbits' adventures through the books or the films, the Lord of the Rings Film Tours will give you the experience of a lifetime!
With over half a million visitors each year, the mesmerising New Zealand scenery and the incredible detail that went into the sets is a must-do for any Tolkien fan.
If you grew up loving Tolkien's works then stepping into these real life immersive Lord of the Rings experiences is certainly not to be missed. So join the Fellowship on their quest to vanquish the One Ring.
Half a million people make the pilgrimage to Middle-Earth each year. It is every Tolkien fan's dream to experience the sets in real life. From visiting Saruman in Isengard, or Galadriel in Lothlórien to simply re-living your favourite scenes, the experience is just beyond compare. Add to that New Zealand's spectacular natural beauty and it is little wonder so many people make the journey.
The Lord of the Rings Tours are packed full of hilarious stories and great trivia. We personally think Peter Jackson was a genius, and I love that he put so much thought and detail into every aspect of the films. For example, he hired someone to put up the laundry and take it down every day in Hobbiton, not because he needed clean laundry, but because he wanted natural tracks on the grass. Other film trivia includes the time Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) kicked the Uruk-Hai helmet so hard after believing Pippin and Merry were dead, that the actor actually broke his toe.
Spring is a great time to travel to New Zealand. As the ski season is coming to an end, the Southern Alps are still majestic with their snow coverings. At sea level, the weather is mild and settled and there are less people around. This is Sam Gamgee's favourite season too as the Hobbits' romantic and dishevelled gardens are in full bloom.
There are always likely to be crowds in Hobbiton so we recommend booking the evening banquet tour. As it is the last tour of the day you will be in less of a rush and the setting sun makes for beautiful pictures. Moreover, you get to enjoy the banquet in the Green Dragon which offers a mouth-watering feast fit for a Hobbit. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you book in advance as you cannot show up without a reservation.
If you are planning on hiking, canoeing or horse-riding to the other movie locations, spring time also offers the perfect climate for outdoor activities.
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