New Zealand is famous for many things, the stunning landscapes, the chilled attitude of its people, the sheep and, of course, let’s not forget The Lord Of The Rings or The Hobbit. When Peter Jackson and team set out to the humongous project of bringing these classic books to the screen, only one location would make the cut for bringing Middle-Earth™ to life. You guessed it, the beauty of Aotearoa, New Zealand.


Travelling by train in New Zealand is the best way to experience all this beautiful country has to offer. With a range of constantly changing landscapes, train tours and journeys will give you unobstructed views straight into the heart of the country. All this while enjoying the comfort of the Great Journey trains. We’d recommend having your camera ready at all times, there’s almost endless opportunities to take world class pictures.


Travelling by train is the ultimate luxury in an age when everyone is in a rush to get somewhere. Life’s about the journey, so why not enjoy it? The onboard experience for Great Journey trains is second to none. From open-air viewing carriages to delicious cafe food, you can explore New Zealand and Lord Of The Rings locations in true comfort. 


Not only do you get superior views on all our train routes and tours, but it’s also super easy to build your itinerary with multiple options to choose from. For instance, you can book individual unguided train routes on The Northern Explorer, The Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine trains, or you can opt for grouped train tour packages or if you want the full experience, there are guided Signature tours that span the entire country. 

Consider yourself a Lord Of The Rings fan?

Peter Jackson had a vision that New Zealand was the perfect location to represent the rich fantasy world of Tolkein’s imagination, and his vision definitely delivered. The unspoiled beauty of New Zealand’s landscapes is something every traveller should experience at least once in their lifetime, and for Lord Of The Rings fans, probably more than once. With all the amazing filming locations above, now’s the time to tick NZ off the bucket list. Book your Lord Of The Rings experience  and be the star of your own LOTR adventure.

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