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Are there any tours in New Zealand based on places where the Lord of the Rings films were made?

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I've only been to a couple of different places, but Hobbiton was pretty cool and I'd definitely recommend it.

You can also take a tour of the Weta studios in Wellington. It's really neat, and best of all it's free.

Good luck!

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I did the Hobbiton tour last year, and yes it was frickin AWESOME - but please check before you go as I heard it was being shut whilst the Hobbit was being filmed....though it might give you a better chance of seeing props and things that will be left behind :) –  Spedge Jun 29 '11 at 8:07
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This new CnnGo article goes indepth into the new tours and options available to the Lord of the Rings traveller in New Zealand.

From visiting Hobbiton (Matamata), Mordor (Tongariro National Park), Rivendell (Wellywood), The Misty Mountains (The Remarkables) and more, they also include the following links and contacts:

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If you're into hiking (or tramping as we call it down here) I can heartily recommend getting off the road and into our backcountry. You'll be rewarded with majestic scenery while taking in Lord of the Rings locations at the same time. The country has a series of premier "great walks" which are detailed on the Department of Conservation website.

For example, the Tongariro Crossing is widely considered to be New Zealand's best one day walk and will take you through Mordor, crossing between Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom).

The Routeburn track isn't a LOTR location but walking it certainly feels like you're in the movie and the Dart River Valley before the track starts was the scene for Isengard. The track crosses the Southern Alps and I found it absolutely breathtaking.

While these walks aren't tours there are companies that take guided walks although there's nothing stopping you from doing it on your own. Just be well prepared as our weather (particularly in Alpine areas) can change and become dangerous very quickly.

Also, a great resource is Tourism New Zealand's website. If you search that site for "Lord of the Rings" you'll find quite a few tour operators that visit film locations.

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On Trip Advisor I think the highest rated in is Twizel, largest location in NZ and is Gondor. You can find out more at Lord of the Rings Tour different from the above mentioned site.

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There are a few actually, but the most well known is Lord of the Rings Tours, aptly named. While Hobbiton is cool to see the shire area, the locations in the South Island are by far the more spectacular, especially in the area around Queenstown.

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If you're willing to visit filming locations on your own, the LOTR Location Guidebook is nice.

Often, local tour operators will cover the filming locations nearby or even offer specific half-day or day tours to more remote/harder to reach places. If there's anything LOTR-related to see in the area, there will always be someone more than willing to show it to you.

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