Nature lovers and Tolkien fans are on their way to New Zealand, and you should be, too. If you loved ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ film trilogies, a visit to Tongariro Alpine Crossing’s humongous craters, emerald green lakes, volcanic deposits, and mountain springs is a must. See more of ‘Middle-Earth’ with a trip to the Hobbiton village, a permanent filming set in the rolling hills of Waikato. Not much of a movie buff? You can always check out other natural attractions, like the magical glowworms of Waitomo Caves, the sacred Cape Reinga, the West Coast's black sand beaches, and the geothermal baths of prehistoric Rotorua. Learn more about Maori culture as you explore the islands!