As holiday blockbusters open on the silver screen, there’s one that beckons those with a sense of wanderlust. Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which is in theaters now, is as much about the fantastical cinematography and sweeping landscapes of New Zealand as it is a tale of hobbits, wizards, dwarves and dragons.

Author J.R.R. Tolkien was “very vivid in the way he describes landscapes,” Jackson says. “In these books, the landscape and the environment and even the weather, and the heather or the moss or the grass is described in quite loving detail.”

Jackson has magically brought Tolkien’s words to life with the help of the magnificent backdrops, landscapes and vistas of New Zealand. So if the movie inspires you to add New Zealand to your 2014 itinerary, here’s a guide to the key locations in the latest hobbit installment.