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New Zealand: A Hobbit's Land (PHOTOS)

Posted: 12/31/2012 7:00 am

It looks like Peter Jackson has done it again. The director's gone and made us want to duck inside hobbit holes, hike along lonely trails and be a part of the vast landscapes of his native New Zealand. These eight locations give you the chance to do just that.

Set off on your own adventure to the places that inspired the on-screen settings in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and the original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

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  • Matamata

    A small town called Matamata, on the North Island in the region of <a href="" target="_hplink">Waikato</a>, is the location for the bucolic (and appropriately named) Hobbit hometown of Hobbiton. The set is durably constructed, and is already a tourist draw. - <a href="" target="_hplink">Photo </a>credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">Joshua Eckert</a>

  • Tongariro National Park

    Near the popular tourist destination of<a href="" target="_hplink"> Lake Taupo</a>, Tongariro National Park contains active volcanoes and foreboding vistas. Parts of it were used for scenes in Mordor in <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> films. - <a href="" target="_hplink">Photo </a>credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">Mike Goren</a>

  • Kaitoke Regional Park

    Used for shots of Rivendell in <em>The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring</em>, this North Island park is easily accessible from New Zealand’s capital, <a href="" target="_hplink">Wellington</a>. - <a href="" target="_hplink">Photo </a>credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">Sally</a>

  • The Remarkables

    This stunning mountain range near the South Island’s adventure hub of <a href="" target="_hplink">Queenstown </a>has served as the backdrop for both <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> trilogy and <em>The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</em>. - <a href="" target="_hplink">Photo </a>credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">Gordon Wrigley</a>

  • Wanaka

    Wanaka’s starkly beautiful landscape has been a recurring setting for Peter Jackson’s scenes. In<em> The Hobbit</em>, <a href="" target="_hplink">Wanaka </a>was used for the Lone-lands, an eerie no-man’s land east of Bree. - <a href="" target="_hplink">Photo </a>credit: <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>

  • Speargrass Flat

    A quietly beautiful area near <a href="" target="_hplink">South Island’s</a> Queenstown, Speargrass Flat was also used to depict the Lone-lands in <em>The Hobbit.</em> - <a href="" target="_hplink">Photo </a>credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">Gordon Wrigley</a>

  • Abel Tasman National Park

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Abel Tasman National Park</a> is near the Canaan Downs, a region known as the setting for the Luminate Festival and as setting for some of Peter Jackson’s more breathtaking landscape scenes. - <a href="" target="_hplink">Photo </a>credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">unkle_sam</a>

  • Pelorus River

    Located in the <a href="" target="_hplink">Marlborough </a>region of South Island, the Pelorus River is the site of Bilbo Baggins’ famous barrel rescue of the party of dwarves he’s attached to. It also happens to be beautiful in its own right. - <a href="" target="_hplink">Photo </a>credit: <a href="" target="_hplink">Sid Mosdell</a>


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