Article: The ultimate Middle Earth self drive

To celebrate the release of new film The Hobbit, why not take a tour around its stunning New Zealand filming locations?

This 13 day New Zealand self drive literally takes you through Middle Earth – or where Lord of the Rings was filmed – and to all the spectacular Hobbit filming locations. Beginning in Auckland, you’ll drive through farmland used for The Shire, see thermal Rotorua and visit Mount Ruapehu which is Mordor in the movie. From Wellington, take an extended ‘Middle Earth Filming Locations’ tour and admire scenery you’re bound to recognise. Then, hop over to South Island by ferry, see Nelson, where the ring was made, Franz Josef, and safari around gorges, fjords and historic mining towns on an exhilarating off-road tour.

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