J.R. Tolkien created a fantasy world in his books related to the adventure of a hobbit and his adventurer friends including humans, dwarfs and the mythical elves.
Director Peter Jackson took up the challenge to turn the mythical missives into film, bringing to life the adventures of Frodo, Aragorn, Gimmli and Legolas.
Jackson decided that the best place to record the production of the Lord Of The Rings would be New Zealand, and it is not hard to see why. The towering Mountains, steep ravines and overall stunning scenery made it the perfect spot for him to weave fantasy and reality into one and produce a series of movies that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also incredible in terms of the levels of imagination poured into the plot.
New Zealand served as the scenic backdrop to an incredible plot that saw a small creature known as a hobbit, control a time-shifting ring that could have destroyed the fantasy realm of Middle Earth if it fell into the wrong hands.
The adventures took the team that was guarding Frodo in his quest to dispose of the ring and destroy it in the mountain forge where it was created through the craggy and harsh terrain of Middle Earth.
In the movies, the scenery looks to be otherworldly, but it was in fact shot in New Zealand. The tours that are on offer to show you where parts of the movie were shot are in demand by not only hard core fans but also the causal travel and the reason why is simple, it is just stunning. If you are a fan, then the attraction is two fold, but the scenery is so impressive that it will also engross the casual visitor. While it may have been hard to live there in the past, modern technology makes this scenery accessible to all, and you really should not miss it.