When Peter Jackson spotted the Alexander Farm during an aerial search of the North Island for the best possible locations to film The Lord of The Rings film trilogy, he immediately thought it was perfect for Hobbiton. It is now a permanent attraction complete with hobbit holes, gardens, bridge, Mill and The Green Dragon Inn.
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Wanaka, South Island (http://www.lakewanaka.co.nz/). Probably my favourite place in NZ. Cute little town, a beautiful lake, and surrounded by stunning mountains. Jumping off point for Mt Aspiring National Park, and skiing at Cardrona, Treble Cone, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.