"The Lord of the Rings" fans pilgrimage destination recommendations

Middle Earth is a gem that the New Zealand Tourism Bureau is proud of. Since the first part of "The Lord of the Rings" was a great success in cinemas, they have been announcing to the world that the pristine movie backdrop is in New Zealand. This has attracted numerous fans to make a pilgrimage, and besides the artificially-constructed Hobbiton, there are also many traces of the movie that can be found here.

Hobbit village

Hobbiton Movie Set: Yes, this is the filming location for the movies "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit". Originally a picturesque small village, a two-hour drive from Auckland, it was discovered and transformed into the perfect home of the dwarves in the films by the production company. Hobbiton has 44 hobbit holes, open seven days a week. Guides can lead groups of visitors to the caves every 15 minutes, and finally have a drink at the Green Dragon Pub, recreating classic scenes from the movie.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound, also known as Milford Bay and in Maori meaning "First Native Thrush," is located in the Fiordland National Park in the southwest of South Island, New Zealand. It features glacial terrain and was formed during the ice age, with its deepest point reaching a difference of 265 meters compared to Mitre Peak. It is a world-renowned natural wonder, and boat rides provide stunning views of the bay as well as the opportunity to see dolphins, fiordland penguins, seals, and other marine life. It is only a four-hour drive from Queenstown to the magnificent Milford Sound, which offers tours by kayaks or cruise ships.


Glenorchy is located on the north shore of Lake Wakatipu and is known as the "Lord of the Rings town." The trilogy filmed many exterior scenes here, including Lothlorien, Amon Hen, Orthanc, and Isengard. You can see Enslavement Mountain's northwest slope, also known as the Misty Mountains in the film, where the Ringbearer attempted to cross the Redhorn Gate. You can also find the forests of Lothlorien, the path to Paradise, in the village of Glenorchy. Glenorchy is also known as the most "Middle-earth world" place, where you can experience 100% pure New Zealand and participate in various outdoor activities such as jet boating, horseback riding, canoeing, etc. Horseback riding through the primitive forests is like walking in a movie scene.

Lake Tianiwan

Lake Te Anau is a quiet lakeside town, and the nearby Lake Te Anau was selected as a filming location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Waiau River between Te Anau and Manapouri was used as the Anduin River in the film, where the fellowship paddled south from Lothlórien, and the surrounding towering mountains represented the harsh environment of southern Mordor. Visitors can take a jet boat tour of the Anduin River, marvel at the misty mountains on a cruise through Milford Sound, or experience the beautiful scenery along the Kepler Track. The nearby Takaro Road was also used to film the Fangorn Forest scene, with remote-controlled cameras capturing Aragorn walking through the forest.

Tanjung Puting National Park

Tongariro National Park is one of the important shooting locations for "The Lord of the Rings". The famous doomsday volcano is based on the Mount Ngauruhoe in the park. There are 15 modern active or previously active volcanic cones in the park, the most famous of which are Mount Ngauruhoe, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro. To the Maori people, this is a sacred and inviolable land.


Twizel In the Mackenzie Mountains area, Peter Jackson filmed the epic Battle of Pelennor Fields from "The Lord of the Rings" near Twizel- where thousands of orcs were raised by Sauron to fight against Rohan and Gondor. The endless grasslands here stretch to the foot of the mountain, just like the description in the book. Now, you can join a 2-hour team tour here and visit the filming location of the Pelennor Fields, and even wear costumes from the movie to participate in an intense battle.