New Zealand travel itinerary for Tolkenians

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The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have profoundly changed the tourism industry in New Zealand, which is why it is the country itself that welcomes and celebrates the cultural impact these films have had on its land.

A trip to New Zealand is an experience that no Tolkien fan should give up. From steep mountains to green hills and volcanic panoramas: this is a country that is home to both glaciers and subtropical forests! Unsurprisingly, director Peter Jackson decided to incorporate the landscapes of his homeland into the famous trilogies.

To travel and see this show in person, it is mandatory apply for a New Zealand or NZeTA visa. Shortly after completing the form, attaching the required documents and paying the expenses, you will receive the visa at the indicated email address: now you can start organizing a nice trip in the footsteps of your favorite characters!

Places not to be missed

The capital Wellington hosts many places represented in Tolkien's world. The Kaitoke Regional Park is Rivendell, while Harcourt Park has become Isengard Gardens. Don't be surprised if you will find many other fans in this area gathering branches and photographing themselves in disguise. Mount victoria can be reached on foot from the city: climbing the hill, your mind will go to different scenes where the Hobbits are hiding from the Nazgûl. The best thing about this particular tour of Lord of the Rings territory is that it is easily walked by everyone and even children can join in!

In Wellington, you can also visit the Weta Workshop, the company that worked on the special effects for the two trilogies. The Weta Workshop hosts talented artists, costume designers, modeling, weapon and special effects experts. A visit to this workshop allows you to admire some of the props, images and people who participated in the magic.

In case you were wondering, yes you can visit Hobbiton! In Matamata, you can take a tour of the real sets - you can also visit Bilbo Baggins' home in the Shire. The guides will lead you through the sets explaining the various background and letting you immerse yourself in the magical films. One of the highlights of the visit is the Second Breakfast Tour! You will have the opportunity to visit the Green Dragon Inn and taste a themed drink, before a nice second breakfast with the tour companions.

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If you love nature and have always wanted to visit Mordor, do not miss the excursion to the Ngauruhoe volcano. Located in Tongrariro National Park, Ngauruhoe is a very important active volcano for the Māori people. It was chosen to represent Mount Doom in Mordor due to the impressive volcanic rock formations and ash-covered landscapes. It is one of the first national parks in the world and is also a UNESCO site. At the time of purchase, the cost of the New Zealand visa includes the tax on tourism and conservation of natural heritage (International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy), which considers the impact that travel has on the ecosystem.

The visa for New Zealand

New Zealand isn't exactly around the corner, you know, but it's more than just a backdrop for our favorite films (not that that's not a very good reason!). Before starting your preparations, be sure to inquire about your New Zealand or NZeTA visa. The New Zealand visa application takes a few minutes and can be easily submitted online. If you are traveling with the whole family or with a group of friends, the request is even easier: you can fill in most of the information once and you will not go crazy managing all the requests.

The New Zealand visa is valid for 2 years, which means that if you feel your trip was not enough, you can always come back on another occasion to visit Middle-earth again!

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