Peter Jackson, native of New Zealand, turned his homeland into the magical world of Middle-Earth for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This created a destination for tourists who are arriving in large-masses like never-before. The Hobbit is already creating a stir in New Zealand, prompting tourists to visit Hobbiton, the movie studio, and Aratiatia Rapids.
Hobbiton village, which is actually the Alexander family farm, is located at Haere Mai, on the North Island of New Zealand. The village was only intended to be temporary for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but Jackson decided to build permanent structures for The Hobbit. These structures include bridges, man-made streams, and the doors of the Hobbit homes; all of which will be displayed forever.
Stone Street Studios, located in Wellington, is the location of the Hobbit green-screen. This is where the cast and crew filmed the movie before they went on a journey of their own, filming the location set within The Hobbit Movie. During this time, the cast and crew moved mountains of equipment and supplies; enough to make even the strongest Uruk-hai cringe.
Aratiatia Rapids is located in the North Island, near Lake Taupo, and is where the crew tossed barrels down the rapids for a special scene in The Hobbit.