Campervan Adventures: Visiting New Zealand’s Lord of the Rings Film Locations

Do you know that New Zealand was the shooting location of the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy? Yes, all of those places that seemed to be digitally made actually exist in New Zealand. Why don’t you see for yourself the film locations of the Lord of the Rings with your campervan? Since most of the terrains in New Zealand are tough, you also need a tough vehicle to handle the task, which is a campervan. Here are a few of New Zealand’s regions where the film of the Lord of the Rings was located. Have fun visiting the following regions with your campervan.

Waikato Region

Remember the peaceful village of Hobbiton in the Lord of the Rings? The whole Shire region of the Middle Earth where Hobbiton is situated was filmed in the town of Waikato Region’s Matamata. Campervan travelers love to go in Matamata because they are eager to see the location of the hobbit holes and party tree of the film.

The Waikato Region contains the most abundant agricultural and pastoral areas in the world. The rich greeneries are kept fertile by its clear-flowing Waikato River. Along the river are splendid caves where you can try exploring, or if you are more adventurous, you can go black water rafting. All of these exciting adventures can be possibly made as long as you don’t forget to bring the necessary gear inside your campervan.

Wellington Region

Another region you can visit with your campervan is the Wellington Region. It is New Zealand’s capital city. Because of its stunning beauty, the Lord of the Rings trilogy decided to shoot their film in Wellington for their scenes in Rivendell, Gardens of Isengard, Auduin River, Lothlorein and Hobbiton Woods. Within an hour drive from the city, you can reach the Hobbition Woods which is actually Mount Victoria.

If you get tired exploring the Lord of the Rings film locations, you can have your campervan stop at Wellington’s best restaurants and bars. Indulge yourself into good food and wine.

Canterbury Region

If you want to see Edoras and Meduseld, the Canterbury Region is the right place for you. Start your campervan’s engine and begin your quest in this alpine region. Edoras and Meduseld were actually located at Mount Sunday. Raise the flag of the Middle Earth battles and experience the thrill.

You can enjoy a campervan ride in the Canterbury Region because of its vast plains. Aside from that, you can have a fantastic view of the alpine trees and rocky mountains. Feel the great presence of nature as you drive with your campervan.

Visiting the locations of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in New Zealand is super fun. It feels like you are being part of the film itself. So don’t waste your time and get yourself ready. Check your gears and your campervan’s health. Before you take off, be sure to determine what region you want to visit. But I assure you, every Lord of the Rings film location will not be a time-waster.

Jack Kent

About Jack Kent

Jack Kent loves the outdoors and nothing is more enjoyable than driving his Britz campervan around the North and South islands of New Zealand. When Jack isn't driving his motorhome around, he is drinking beers with his mates, mountain biking through country New Zealand and blogging about what New Zealand has to offer.

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