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Journey to Middle-earth
Ever since the first The Lord of the Rings film was released in 2001, New Zealand has been known as the ‘Home of Middle-earth’. Golden plains, towering mountains and enchanting valleys make up the dramatic scenery that plays the mythical world of Middle-earth on the big screen in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. More than 150 locations throughout the country were used during filming and many, including the Hobbiton Movie Set, can be visited on Middle-earth tours.
Get up close with glaciers
While glaciers around the world retreat, the Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers, on the South Island’s west coast, still flow almost to sea level. The temperate climate at this low altitude make these glaciers among the most convenient to visit in the world. Easy walks to the foot of the glaciers pass along ancient river valleys with steep sides, while heli-hikes transport guests up to where the glaciers begin.
A taste of local produce
New Zealand wine is distinctive for its purity, vibrancy and intensity. The long ripening period, a result of cooler temperatures, allows flavour to develop whilst retaining fresh acidity – a balance which New Zealand wines are famous for. Many of the country’s vineyards are in spectacular locations, close to a stunning shoreline or perched high amidst alpine peaks.