Checking in: Unique Airbnbs of the week - 'The Hobbit' edition

J.R.R. Tolkien’s groundbreaking novel “The Hobbit” was first published on September 21, 1937. To celebrate the book’s 80th birthday, we’ve selected three Airbnb properties in locations where the trilogy of films based on the book were shot.

Now, they’re all in New Zealand, so you’ll have to find some way to get there (on dragon-back? perhaps riding a giant eagle?), but once you’re there we’ve got some amazing places for you to stay.

Click through the gallery and let us know in the comments which is your favourite.

(All values in U.S. dollars)

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The first place is this B&B in Piopio, Waitomo, New Zealand. The cabin accommodates four guests and rents for $137 a night.
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The views of the surrounding mountains and valleys are simply stunning.
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The cabin is fairly isolated, and sits among the trees.
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Absolutely breathtaking. It’s no wonder the films were shot here.
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Oh, there’s an inside too. But you’ll hardly be there with all that amazing scenery.
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The second location is a cottage in Twizel, New Zealand. It’s a one-bedroom home that rents for $121 a night.
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You’ll be very close to the Twizel River.
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And you’ll wake up looking at gorgeous vistas like this one.
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The cottage is small, but you’ll likely be outside most of the time anyway.
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But in case you were wondering, here’s what it looks like inside.
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The final location is this lakeside cabin in Queenstown, New Zealand. The rental is actually for two rooms in the cabin and the rate is $83 per night.
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As with the other two, the views are simply stunning.
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How could you possibly watch TV with a background like that?
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Enjoy the little things…or maybe enjoy the big things, like the mountain outside of your cabin!
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