3. New Zealand = Middle Earth
Don’t get me wrong, Kiwis are just as mad about the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ movies as any other Tolkien fan.
What they do take issue with are people who assume that New Zealand is a world of hobbits and wizards – Middle Earth, if you will. Remember, we’re talking about a real country here, which just happened to be the filming location of choice for one of the most epic movies ever made.