Middle Earth returns

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A giant, bug-eyed Gollum sculpture dives over passengers at Wellington Airport a surprising welcome to arriving visitors. However it goes with the territory. New Zealand is in the grip of hobbit-mania with the upcoming movie, "The Hobbit" due to shine the world's spotlight on New Zealand yet again.

A massive marketing campaign will use director Peter Jackson's three-part latest Middle Earth film as a springboard.

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Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set  from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.

The set has been completely rebuilt and will remain as it was seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm.

You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal in The Shires Rest Cafe, which is also available for functions, conferences or other occasions. Visit The Shire Store (below the cafe) for some special souvenirs to remind you of your visit. More details....

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