Middle Earth Fantasies in New Zealand

Tolkien’s landscapes spring to life in the splendor of New Zealand, from the rolling moss hills of the Shire peppered with secret doorways into Hobbit homes to the craggy shadowed peaks of Mount Doom, and the ethereal fragrant forests of Lothlorien with its silver thread waterfalls and pale blooms of flowers.  Since the explosive Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy adorned our silver screens, New Zealand welcomes discerning travelers looking to live the fantasy in sheer luxury fashion.

Stay in the Shire

The luscious hills of Matamata curving softly on the sun dappled horizon, the fluffy flocks of sheep grazing in the pastures, tall willowy trees and circular doors carved into the hillside provides the perfect setting for The Shire. The charming village of Hobbiton permeates the scent of sweet flowers and is the perfect place to explore and imagine Gandalf smoking pipe weed outside Bilbo’s home.

The Solitaire Lodge New Zealand 1

Staying at The Solitaire Lodge opens up a door to another universe allowing you to discover the secrets of the set and rest in opulent surroundings. From oversized pillow soft beds you can gaze out at the ancient Lake Tarawera, sip regional fine wines in the herb gardens overlooking the twinkling lagoon and lose yourself in a delectable small world fantasy.

The Solitaire Lodge New Zealand 2

Riders of Rohan

The crisp blue air, the golden tall grasses and the snow-capped peaks of Mount Sunday in Canterbury were transformed into the land of Edoras and the city of Rohan. Riding horseback along the vast plains flanked by glistening mountains, swirling champagne beside the lake and watching the misty mountains disappear in the haze are all moments that will linger in your imagination for a very long time.

Erewhon Station New Zealand

Historical cottages and rustic lodges steeped in romance welcome you to these eerily beautiful lands. At Erewhon Station you can take a horse wagon ride deep into the canyons and high lands that weave around the mountains, whereas at the Red Cottage in Staveley you can soak up a truly wilderness feel with open fires, log walls and nothing but serenity for miles.

Red Cottage New Zealand

Fun in Fangorn Forest

The Milford Sound is a collection of deeply dramatic landscapes covering everything from the elvish wonder of Rivendell to the sweeping Anduin River and the Dead Marshes. Pristine blue waters sparkle beneath towering peaks, hiking trails lead deep into the dark shadows of twisted boughs in the filming location of Fangorn Forest and ancient glaciers glitter far on the horizon.

Fangorn Forest New Zealand

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This outdoor playground is perfect for adventure travel, you can take a scenic helicopter tour and graze across the top of the deep cut mountains, drift down the emerald rivers of Argonath and stand beneath the jewel like waterfalls spilling into clear streams straight out of Lothlorien.

Blanket Bay New Zealand 1

Staying in the serenity of Blanket Bay you can blend bespoke luxury with the incredible tour de force of nature. Lavish lodge suites boast roaring fireplaces, timber and stone and private balconies offering breathtaking views.

Blanket Bay New Zealand 2

Stand in the Shadow of Mount Doom

The roving red eye, the crimson magma, the screams of the black riders and the birthplace of the one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. Mount Doom is one of the most epic, fearful and incredible locations in Lord of the Rings and hisses and steams in the flesh, known locally as Mount Ngauruhoe. The alpine hikes around the base glimmer with deep blue lakes and are known for being some of the best trails in the world.

Mount Ngauruhoe New Zealand

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From wet and wild river rafting to extreme mountain cycling, abundant flora and fauna and incredible grace and beauty – the surrounding Tongariro National Park is a UNESCO wonder. Staying at the cozy cottage of the River Birches ensures you soak up all the peace and tranquility you need after a day of volcanic exploration.

Tongariro National Park New Zealand

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Native wood pigeons coo on the branches outside the window, the charming study offers luscious mountain views and the gardens offer a sublime setting for sipping New Zealand wine and nibbling local artisan cheeses.

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
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