Those wanting to get closer to where The Hobbit was filmed can now visit the iconic town of Hobbiton, where Bilbo and Frodo Baggins live. A guided tour will let you experience how the fantasy town was put together especially for the films with a few surprising facts thrown in the mix too.
If you want to see where stars Martin Freeman and Elijah Wood as well as the 13 dwarves - including frontman Richard Armitage, and every one's favourite wizard, Gandalf - filmed the first few scenes of the movie, then this is the tour for you.
Far from being an ‘Unexpected Journey’, the latest Hobbit film has helped drive an increase in flight searches to New Zealand this December, reveals travel search site Skyscanner.
It’s no flight of fantasy; this December, worldwide searches to New Zealand are up 102 per cent compared with December 2011. Furthermore, Hobbit fever has caused a surge in searches to the country’s capital, Wellington, increasing by 117 per cent compared with the same period last year.
Officially renamed the Middle of Middle Earth for the film’s premiere, Wellington’s airport features a 12m sculpture of Gollum, while, in the city centre, Tolkien fans will find a 40ft statue of Gandalf and Middle-earth dollars in circulation.
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