Track 'Lord of the Rings' across New Zealand
Posted on Wednesday 05 September 2012
in New Zealand, Scenic Beauty, World heritage, Auckland
The island nation of New Zealand has long been home to a variety of attractions for travelers. Outdoor activities reign supreme, with hiking, surfing and biking all among the most popular pastimes. Other hands-on experiences, such as water sports or animal encounters, are also available throughout the region. A booming arts scene, museums and cultural events are all a part of the draw to this unique country.
With so much to offer tourists, individuals seeking adventure travel or just a relaxing beach vacation are flocking to New Zealand. These travelers on Auckland holidays should consider taking in some of the most famous views of this picturesque country with a tour of the filming locations from the recent American blockbuster film Lord of the Rings.
As the much anticipated prequel to the trilogy, The Hobbit, gains momentum before its release, the cinematic world has once again turned its attention to New Zealand. Over 150 gorgeous locations were used during the filming of the original movies, and today most of the spaces are open to the public.
Lord of the Rings locations
One of the most visited spots for movie buffs is the area known as "Hobbiton." Used as the setting for the quaint "Shire," this private farmland on New Zealand's North Island features a complete set from the movie.
Sweeping panoramic shots in the films highlighted the geography of New Zealand. Tourists who wish to get an overview of the landscape will have no problem finding similar views. Organized group tours or self-drives across the region provide stunning vistas, as do hikes to the top of one of New Zealand's many mountains.
For a more diverse landscape, visitors can head to Tongariro National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the park is home to three volcanoes, hot springs, ski slopes around the volcanic craters and many other geographic sites. Many travelers visiting Tongariro take part in the park's famous alpine crossing, a one-day trek across the terrains of all three mountains. Cheap flights to Auckland make this area easily accessible, and the famous setting for Mordor is a must-see for movie fans.
Because many portions of the films were shot near major cities and other tourist attractions, it is relatively easy to get around to many of the locations. Visitors can take advantage of an Auckland car rental in order to make the trip to many different locations, giving them the opportunity to see much of the New Zealand countryside and take in some local culture.
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