December 2013 / World Wide

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

 

In Details

 

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien,  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventures of Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Discover the stunning cinematic home of Middle-earth journeying through spectacular New Zealand!  Visit incredible locations featured in the epic quest of the Hobbit Bilbo and the company of dwarves.

This extraordinary tour commences in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.  Jump into four wheel drive vehicles for an exhilarating off-road movie location tour!  Enjoy the thrilling ride and stop at some of the breathtaking settings that were used to create Middle-earth.  A highlight of the tour is the aptly named Paradise region; a picturesque area of mountains, forests and lakes.  From here you’ll see the site for some of the scenes featuring Beorn, the skin-changer.

The beautiful blue-green waters of the Pelorus River in Marlborough served as a fantastic backdrop for the ‘dwarves in barrels’ scene, featured in the movie trailer.  Trade a barrel for a more suitable inflatable kayak to float through crystal clear waterways and cascade down the rapids!

Arrive in the North Island and the lively capital city of Wellington.  This is home to New Zealand’s film industry and many magnificent Middle-earth filming locations!  To top off a fantastic tour, learn some movie secrets with an exciting behind the scenes glimpse into the workings of the world-famous Weta Workshop.  It’s a revealing look at the creators of the amazing costumes, sets and props that bring the world of The Hobbit to life!

This unforgettable adventure ends right back at the beginning for Bilbo - Bag End!  Travel through the beautiful rolling green hills of Matamata - representing the Shire - and on to the film set for Hobbiton.  Now a permanent fixture, discover how these unique sets were made.  Stand in the circular doorway of a hobbit hole and take a stroll along Bagshot Row!

Enjoy a special private Hobbit lunch with a mug of traditional ale or ginger beer in The Green Dragon Inn!  The interior sets have been faithfully recreated here, with the bar, the snug and even Bilbo’s party marquee outside.  The fourth out of seven meals in a day for a Hobbit, enjoy this delicious luncheon made from the best ingredients you’d find in the Shire!