Where was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Filmed
Thanks to the success of Lord of the Rings trilogy everyone knows where The Hobbit was filmed. Yes, its New Zealand. While many of the locations were the same as Lord of the rings (you can see the complete list of places where Lord of the Rings was filmed here) there are many new scenic areas used. The first of “The Hobbit”trilogy will open around the world on Dec 13th and Dec 14th (in North America).
The Hobbit Filming Locations
1. The central location is Hobitton (Hinuera Valley, Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand) a 500-hectare sheep farm that was converted to the Hobbit’s home town. While this was done as early as the first Lord of the Rings movies, some changes were made to fit the prequel. There was initially 37 Hobbit holes made but only 17 was where The Hobbit was filmed. You can also see Bilbo’s Party Tree by the lake in Hobbiton.
A must see is the Boat Shed Cafe, where the cast of the Hobbit often went after a long days work.
2. Rock and Pillar Range, Otago, New Zealand
3. Misty Mountains in The Hobbit is near Arrowtown (in reality, the mountains are called Remarkables)