Daydream: A Voyage to Middle-Earth {New Zealand}

Hello friends!  Settings from the fantasy epic the Hobbit trilogy appear out of this world…but in reality…can be found in New Zealand!  (Full location listings can be found in this article HERE.)  I hope you enjoy this DAYDREAM which feels like PARADISE!

 Not all those who wander are lost.  – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

{ Hobbiton }  The rolling hills of The Shire were brought to life near Matamata.  Famous for dairying and fine thoroughbred horses, it’s easy to see why these green pastures and rolling hills were chosen to portray Hobbiton and The Shire.  There are 44 unique hobbit holes, including Bag End (Bilbo’s house). As you wander through the heart of the Shire, you’ll see the Green Dragon Pub, the mill, the double arched bridge and the famous Party Tree.



{ Piopio }  The looming cliffs, unusual limestone rock formations and prehistoric forest at Mangaotaki Rocks in Piopio looks as if it has been created especially to form the backdrop for Middle-earth!



{ Pelorus River, Marlborough } You’ll also find a little bit of Middle-earth magic in this area. Peter Jackson chose Pelorus Bridge as a filming location for scenes from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Here, the dwarves were filmed floating in barrels down the river – an experience that Stephen Hunter, who played dwarf Bombur, called ‘his favorite day on set’.

Pelorus River

Pelorus River

{ Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook } Glacial lakes feed into Lake Pukaki giving the water its vibrant blue color.

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki

May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit



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