New Zealand can thank Peter Jackson for once again injecting new life into its tourism business.
Airlines, hotels and tour providers servicing the country are jockeying for your travel dollars with the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure.” It’s the first of three “Hobbit” films and serves as a prequel to the wildly popular “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
With New Zealand mesmerizing audiences once again as Middle-earth, travel providers are seizing the opportunity to get people planning their own New Zealand adventure. They know that the films will inspire people to walk in the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins and are increasing capacity and reducing prices in a bid to woo travelers overseas. Air New Zealand even updated its in-flight safety video, which stars some familiar characters from Middle-earth.
And why not ride the movie magic wave? After “The Lord Of the Rings” films came out, a Tourism New Zealand survey showed that 6 percent of international visitors came mainly as a result of having seen the movies. That’s millions of dollars for the country. And now the country stands to add millions more.
Travelzoo Deal Experts have gotten into the spirit and uncovered some of the country’s most magical travel deals. Standouts include:
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