If you enjoy travel and love movies, you may decide to visit a famous film location someday. We’ve recently added New Zealand to our travel list. Not only will we be able to take advantage of the breath-taking views, but we will also be able to check out the Hobbiton village as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit! We’ve decided to share a post by HolidayLettings, a TripAdvisor company, so these film locations can be an inspiration for your upcoming adventures.
Have you ever been inspired to travel after watching a movie? What if you could actually see where the film was made? From Mamma Mia’s Skopelos to Harry Potter’s Gloucester, Holiday Lettings does a ‘recce’ of top film locations for you to visit.
Harry Potter – Gloucester, UK
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Gloucester Cathedral casts its spell over Harry Potter fans who’ll recognise the magical Great Cloister from the first two films: it’s where Harry and Ron hide from the troll. Even if you’ve not seen the Harry Potter films, the cathedral’s still well worth visiting as it transports you back through its 1,300 years of history. You won’t meet Nearly Headless Nick, but be warned: ghostly monks from the old Gloucester monastery reputedly roam the shadowy crypt.
For a less spooky experience, wander around the city’s historic docks and snap up a bargain at the nearby Gloucester Quays outlet shopping centre. Why not meet real-life Hedwigs at the Barn Owl Centre down the road in Hempsted? Head to neighbouring Cheltenham where you can take in the chic Montpellier district and stroll down the elegant promenade.
Mamma Mia – Skopelos , Greece
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Mamma Mia is soaked in the sunshine of its idyllic setting. Travel to the church of Aghios Nikolaos where Sophie posts her wedding invitations (and absorb the fab views). How about topping up your tan on the buzzing Kastani Beach, the location of the Does Your Mother Know sequence? If you head to the chapel of Agios Ioannis Prodromos on the northwest tip, then you can run up the steps to the church like Meryl Streep – you don’t have to sing though.
When you’ve got your breath back, watch the boats come and go from the picturesque port of Glossa. You can hike to the mysterious pirate graves at Sedoukia or find out more about the island’s traditions at the Folklore Museum in nearby Skopelos Town. Just past the museum, you’ll also spot the hole-in-the-wall Gray Gallery with its terrific displays of local and visiting artists’ work.
Black Swan – New York, USA
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This is the twisted tale of rival ballerinas’ tangled lives in New York City. One of its locations is the Lincoln Center, where you can take in a show or admire its architecture on a tour. You might have spotted the Brooklyn Museum in the film, so why not take in one of their excellent exhibitions? The current Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is a lot of fun.
Back in Manhattan, soak up the glitzy Theater District’s vibrant atmosphere and feel dazzled by Broadway’s glittering lights. You can find out more about its heritage at The Theatre Museum on Worth Street too. How about continuing the balletic trip in the north of the state with a tour of the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs?
The Beach – Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
Is there a perfect beach tucked away on a secret island somewhere? Alex Garland’s book The Beach proposes this tantalising idea, and the film version brought it to life at various spots across the tropical island of Ko Phi Phi Don. Hat Maya is the setting of the fabled beach where you can laze under coconut palms and stare out over the azure sea. Just feel the white sand between your toes or dive into the crystal waters to spot neon-coloured tropical fish.
If you’re up early, hike to the peak of the Phi Phi viewpoint see the sunrise. The dramatic cliffs are bathed in a brilliant sunlight. As the day goes on, it’ll be hard to resist an expedition to the local market to sample delicious pad thai and smoked catfish. A sundowner at Carpe Diem makes the perfect end to the day.
The Lord of the Rings – Matamata, New Zealand
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One location to rule them all? The Hobbiton set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films is excellent for both hobbits and humans. It allows you to experience the real Middle-Earth where you can duck into cute Hobbit holes and sample zingy ginger beers at the Green Dragon Inn. The quaint water mill and pretty bridge are enchanting too.
There are other fantastical trips for you to take in the area. Catch twinkling lights in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves or relax in the tranquil Hamilton Gardens. How about relaxing in one of Rotorua’s famous spas? While you’re there, you try Rap Jumping down the face of a mountain or investigate Maori traditions, from cooking techniques to Te Moko tattooing.