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Discover your own Middle-Earth

The long awaited The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came out on the big screen a mere 4 days ago and has rekindled the fantasy lover in all of us.









Having reclaimed Erebor and vast treasure from the dragon Smaug, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) sacrifices friendship and honor in seeking the Arkenstone, despite Smaug’s fiery wrath and desperate attempts by the Hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) to make him see reason. Meanwhile, Sauron sends legions of Orcs in a sneak attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As the fate of Middle Earth hangs in the balance, the races of Men, Elves and Dwarves must decide whether to unite and prevail — or all die.

And to celebrate, Family in Focus wants to share some of what makes The Hobbit, uniquely loved within New Zealand.

Ever since the first The Lord of the Rings movie was released in 2001, New Zealand has been known as the ‘Home of Middle-earth’.
New Zealand’s dramatic scenery – flowing waterfalls, lushly enchanting valleys and majestic mountains lend fantastically beautiful backdrops to the world of Middle-earth

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Located a short two and a half hour drive from Auckland, the natural beauty of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves will leave you wanting to live life like a hobbit!

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Alternatively totally immersing yourself in the world of Bilbo Bagins, by taking The Middle-earth Trilogy tour, where you can visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Ruakuri Cave, the Hobbiton Movie Set™ and Te Puia.


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Discover what was once a region that lay far beneath the sea. The magical 45 minute tour at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and two hour tour at the Ruakuri Cave will see you walk amongst magnificent cave formations and see sparkling glowworms.



Our world renowned Glowworm Caves were discovered by local Maori 400-500 years ago. The glowworm is unique to New Zealand and thousands of the tiny creatures live in the caves, radiating their luminescent light.




Hobbiton1Located at Matamata, the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour™ allows you to wander around the picturesque movie set of the Shire and get up close and personal to Gandalf’s home!

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Based in Rotorua, Te Puia is home of Maori culture and cuisine. Be mesmerised by the world famous geyser Pohutu, the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere

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So make the most of what’s on your doorstep and discover your inner hobbit. Tour prices are $279 for an adult, $128 for a child, $731 for a family and $116 for an additional child.


Family in Focus  have on offer, the wonderful book “Ian Brodie’s THE HOBBIT LOCATION GUIDE”. With absolutely glorious photos this is a book that would be a welcome addition to any bookshelf or coffee table.
A BIG thanks to

Harper Collins

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To be in to win follow these simple rules

1* Like all the Facebook Pages – Family in Focus, Te Puia, Hobbiton, Waitomo and of course Harper Collins
2* Using the form below, email us your contact details and answer 2 simple questions
3* Competition starts 10am  15th December 2014
4* Competition closes 10pm 10th January 2015
5* NZ entries only



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