December 2012 / World Wide

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.

 

In Details

 

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.  

 

Journey to New Zealand the home of Middle-earth, and follow in the footsteps of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins on his epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.  Begin an amazing adventure through the spectacular mountains, rivers and forests of New Zealand that serve as cinematic Middle-earth in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

 

First stop on this astounding journey is the town of Matamata, also known as the film set for Hobbiton and The Shire.  The Hobbit holes featured in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy are now permanent fixtures in the stunning green hills.  Uncover fascinating details of how this exceptional set was created.

 

On to Wellington, for a visit to the world-famous Weta Workshop.  It’s home to the amazing costumes, sets and props that bring the world of Middle-earth to life. 

 

It’s a real adventure as you ford streams and ascend to the summit of the remote Mount Sunday, the location for the hill fort of Edoras.  Enjoy fantastic 360 degree views across the remarkable valley.

 

Set off on the extraordinary ride from Christchurch to Queenstown.  Admire the best of the magnificent New Zealand scenery as the journey is lined with dramatic mountain ranges and stunning lakes.

 

This epic tour ends in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.  Unearth the Ford of Bruinen and the breathtaking Kawarau Gorge, which starred as the backdrop for the incredible Pillars of the Kings in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.  This is one unexpected and unforgettable journey!