New Zealand is as diverse as it gets. In a single day you can hike a volcano, swim with dolphins and lay your eyes on some of the most glorious landscapes in the world.
After flying over New Zealand for several days, Lord of the Ring's director Peter Jackson found his ideal setting for one such landscape: The Shire. Located in the middle of the north island - about two and a half hours from Auckland - Hobbiton is a must see for fans of the epic tale.
To get there, the best mile redemptions for U.S. residents are via Auckland using American or United (and their respective partners). 75,000 American or 80,000 United miles will get you a round-trip ticket in economy, while 125,000 or 160,000, respectively, in business class. Expect $5 to $80 in booking fees.