Discover the real home of the Fellowship. Director Peter Jackson describes New Zealand as the perfect Middle-earth. Explore picturesque farmland near Matamata, home of The Shire; where the village of Hobbiton was created and has since been rebuilt for the filming of The Hobbit Trilogy and is set to remain as a permanent attraction. Visit strikingly scenic Taupo, home to such memorable Lord of The Rings locations as The Shire, The Gardens of Isengard and Helms Deep. Or Mount Victoria in Wellington and wander through the forest that inspired Hobbiton Woods, where the hobbits hid from the black riders. Meander down the Hutt River between Moonshine and Totara Park, which depicts the River Anduin; Nelson is also worth a visit, as it is home to the goldsmith who designed the rings used in all the films and where originals and replicas can be bought as souvenirs. So why not follow in the footsteps of the Fellowship.