10 experiences you can only have in New Zealand. Live like you're in Middle Earth Probably the most obvious item on this list—Peter Jackson’s trilogy is definitely at least partially responsible for the recent uptick in tourism to the country—but nonetheless impressive and a testament to the country’s astonishing natural scenery. Perhaps the most recognizable is Hobbiton, which can be found in Matamata, a 12,000-person town on the North Island.
Climb Mount Taranaki Rising incredibly improbably from otherwise flat surf fringed farmland, the two and a half kilometre high Mount Taranaki is the north island’s second highest mountain. It is also quite probably one of the hardest day hikes available in New Zealand, so is not for the faint hearted.