Through a fully guided tour, you will discover all the intricate detailing that went into creating the elaborate sets. The hobbit sized installations, complete with clothes hanging off the clothes line and used pots and pans on the front porch, make the ‘Shire’ seem so lived-in, you would almost expect to see a short man with hairy feet scuttle by. The realistic-ness of the set is no miracle. Every last detail is meticulously maintained by a team from Weta Digital, the original designers of the sets.
If the Hobbiton™ Movie Set alone doesn’t quench your Tolkien thirst, Wellington’s Weta Workshop just might. Explore the models of the various weapons used by the armies in the movies, pose with the many props, and take a hands-on workshop for a truly immersive Tolkien experience.
New Zealand is riddled with sites that served as Middle-Earth backdrops to many iconic scenes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series. The Fiordland National Park in Te Anau was portrayed as the Fangorn Forest, the limestone cliffs of Piopio served as the backdrop for the scene where Bilbo and the dwarves are
captured and nearly cooked by trolls, and the Pelorus River was used in parts for filming the scene where Bilbo and the dwarves escaped the elves in oak barrels.
With real life scenery so closely mirroring the fictional one, you’d well advised to keep an eye out for the Black Riders.
To create a movie based on a book that is the very embodiment of the genre of fantasy fiction calls for a location that is beautiful beyond the realms of imagination. And New Zealand born Sir Peter Jackson knew exactly where to look.