Finding Movie Magic

30 March 2016
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The whole family will love a holiday sprinkled with a little movie magic. Watch in awe as your family’s favourite flicks come to life as you visit the world’s premier movie locations. Wave your wand at Hogwarts in London, visit the real Middle-earth at Hobbiton in New Zealand or stroll the streets of New York City just like Buddy the Elf.

Movie Locations Hobbiton in New Zealand

If there are Lord of the Rings fans in your clan, make it a priority to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand. Situated on the North Island near Matamata, the carefully preserved set appeared in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Join a fascinating tour to visit the iconic hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and various other bridges and gardens featured in the fantasy films.

Many scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia were also filmed on New Zealand soil. Just an hour north-west of Auckland is Woodhill Forest, where the camp of the White Witch of Narnia was located. Over on the South Island, Flock Hill Station in North Canterbury was the setting for the dramatic final battle between Aslan’s forces and the army of the White Witch.

Movie Locations Paddington Station in London

If your family is jet setting off to England, you can join the famous Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. Discover the magic of Harry Potter as you browse authentic movie sets and see iconic props and costumes from the blockbuster films. Set adjacent to the working studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made, you can explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets and animatronic creatures.

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Follow in the paw prints of the lovable Paddington Bear in London. Visit the home of Paddington Bear and the Brown family and Mr Gruber’s antiques shop on a guided tour. Then, stop by Paddington Station where the marmalade-loving bear first met the Browns. James Bond fans could stroll the streets in search of famous film locations from popular Bond movies, including For Your Eyes Only, Die Another Day, Skyfall and even the latest Bond flick, SPECTRE.

Movie Locations Empire State Building in New York

If the bright lights of New York are calling, you can recreate scenes from the Christmas classic, Elf. Visit the Empire State Building, where Elf’s dad worked and if you are travelling in winter, admire the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. The final scene where Buddy saves Christmas night was also filmed near the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. On the other hand, a trip to the American Museum of Natural History will bring to life Ben Stiller’s, Night at the Museum.

Movie Locations Great Barrier Reef in Queensland

Over in Asia, Cambodia was the location of choice for many scenes in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider back in 2001. Today, you can visit the historic and extravagant temples, including the prominent Angkor Wat. For a holiday a little closer to home, why not explore the underwater gems of the Great Barrier Reef or the spectacular sights of Sydney, as referenced in the animated Disney classic, Finding Nemo.

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Jessica Holmes

A foodie at heart, I love to travel to the USA and explore their expansive culinary culture. You’ll typically find me satisfying my sweet tooth in an American candy store, sampling macarons in a quaint New York patisserie or stocking up on American baking supplies.