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Movies That Inspired Travel in 2012

“Set jet” around the world to locations in 2012’s most travel-inspiring films. Follow the Hobbit trail in New Zealand, search for the Life of Pi in Asia and travel like James Bond in the UK.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

This latest installment of filmmaker Peter Jackson’s epic fantasy created a huge surge of tourism in New Zealand, where about 150 locations were used for Lord of the Rings’ scenes. The mecca of all Hobbit tourism is Hobbiton, private-farmland-turned-movie-set. You can tour the 44 hobbit holes set in the picturesque rolling hills of Matamata’s countryside to see how the furry-footed creatures live.

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