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Follow the Hobbit Trail in New Zealand

Tolkien tourism is bringing fans from all over the world to New Zealand to see the filming locations for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Discover the real Middle-earth in all its otherworldly glory.

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Port Waikato, North Island

About an hour and a half south of Auckland lies Port Waikato, the location for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Weathertop fortress ruins. The beachside settlement is also a favorite for surfers and those seeking a private retreat.

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