Producer Barrie Osborne fell in love with New Zealand while he was there to make The Lord of the Rings. Here, a few of his favorite places.
Saffron Restaurant, in Arrowtown, near Queenstown. "The tables and chairs are made of a warm, beautiful local wood called rimu. And the fish and lamb are great" (18 Bucking;ham St.; 011-64-3-442-0131; www.saffronrestaurant.co.nz).
Mount Ruapehu, in the center of the North Island. "The mountain is fantastic for hiking. It's a perfect cone, with a crater lake at the top and volcanic boulders strewn around" (www.ruapehunz.com).