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Why New Zealand, Middle-earth of Lord of the Rings fame, should be explored

New Zealand, the country which was to form the Middle-earth of the Lord of the Rings series, is a compelling country to visit. Here’s why.

travel Updated: Dec 10, 2016 17:32 IST
New Zealand is where Lord of the Rings’ Middle-earth was shot.
New Zealand is where Lord of the Rings’ Middle-earth was shot.(Shutterstock)

To celebrate 15 years of New Zealand being the real Middle-earth, Tourism New Zealand has come up with a unique way for tourists to explore the country by re-imagining it through the eyes of The Lord of the Rings characters.

The journey engages consumers through a unique quiz designed to discover which character they would be. Consumers will be provided with a character inspired journey throughout New Zealand with an itinerary on Tourism New Zealand’s official website.

Ace filmmaker Peter Jackson says that since the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, nothing has changed in New Zealand.

New Zealand offers a variety of landscapes -- lush green forests to soaring mountains. (Shutterstock)

“New Zealand has such a variety of landscapes from lush green forests, to soaring mountains. The grandeur of these landscapes saw tourists flock to our shores, and made a huge impact on the tourism industry,” Jackson said in a statement.

“New Zealand is the perfect Middle-earth and a real place that visitors can experience for years and years to come,” he added.

The endless beauty of New Zealand is bewitching. (Shutterstock)

Sharing his love for the country, actor Ian McKellen said: “This is the Middle-earth I had always pictured. How can New Zealand not bewitch anyone who visits?”

According to Skyscanner survey, New Zealand emerged as a favourite among Indian travellers, witnessing a growth of 52 percent in travel searches from last year.