Fans of The Hobbit films who are waiting for the next instalment in the trilogy have been treated to an unusual gift from New Zealand - the world’s largest pop-up book. Situated in Hollywood, the gigantic pop-up book contains four sets that represent some of the filming locations of the new movie in New Zealand.
The book, which is around the size of two full tennis courts and reaches 50 feet high, contains original pieces from the actual movie sets as well as real life living features. It aims to show the movie’s connection to the Middle Earth landscapes of New Zealand and promote the film before its release next week. Excited Hobbit fans will be able to walk through the enormous book, exploring the landscapes and learning about the filming journey of the blockbuster films.
Turoa, Ohakune is just one of the filming locations in New Zealand used in the new film. The popular ski and snowboarding location was transformed into ‘Hidden Bay’ for not just The Hobbit films but The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well. Located within the vicinity of an active volcano and a Dual World Heritage Site, it’s really no wonder that this magical and mysterious landscape was picked for the films. DialAFlight's New Zealand holiday deals include the Middle Earth Adventure tour that takes in all the highlights of the movies' scenery, and currently with a £150 saving per person, now's the time to book!
Another area depicted in The Hobbit movie is Pelorus River, Marlborough, which was used to create ‘Forest River’. Found at the northern end of South Island, this picturesque river is a popular area for camping, kayaking, swimming and fishing in New Zealand.
Lake Pukaki in Mt Cook, New Zealand, masquerades as Lake-town in the second instalment of the three-part epic. This lake is in fact the largest alpine lake in New Zealand and its dramatic surroundings of glaciers and mountains draws in thousands each year and makes for the perfect fantasy backdrop.
The last landscape found in the oversized pop-up book is Paradise, Queenstown. This scenic part of New Zealand was used as the backdrop to Beorn’s House in the films. The postcard perfect landscapes and epic mountain views have been featured in all The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films so far, and it really is not hard to see why!
Since the first Lord of the Rings film was shown on the big screen an increasing number of people have made the pilgrimage to New Zealand to visit the sets of Middle Earth. To help give fans of the films the best experience of the movie landscapes, Tourism New Zealand along with local tour companies have set up a wide variety of themed tours, giving lovers of the books and films the perfect excuse to book the holiday of a lifetime to New Zealand.