OF THE RINGS
TO MIDDLE EARTH NEW ZEALAND
TO MIDDLE EARTH
Ever since the first The Lord of the Rings movie was released
in 2001, New Zealand has been known as the 'Home of Middle-earth'.
New Zealand born Peter Jackson filmed the entire six films
in various locations around New Zealand.
New Zealand’s dramatic scenery - golden plains,
towering mountains and enchanting valleys - plays the
mythical world of Middle-earth on the big screen in both
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy.
More than 150 locations throughout the country were used
to film The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy.
Many activities and attractions offer the chance to see
the film locations for yourself. The rolling hills of
Matamata became Hobbiton, while the volcanic region of
Mt Ruapehu transformed into the fiery Mt. Doom where Sauron
forged The Ring, and Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure
capital, was the setting for numerous scenes including
the Eregion Hills, and the Pillars of Argonath.
Discover the movie magic when you visit many of the stunning
movie locations from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
The quaint and peaceful shire from the Lord of the Rings
and the Hobbit can be seen near Matamata on the North
Island. Take a tour through the set during the day or
spoil yourself with a unique evening banquet in the village!
Mount Doom – Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro National
There’s no better place to combine a spectacular
day’s hiking with some Lord of the Rings location
spotting. Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and see the
rugged peak of Mount Doom (Mt Ngauruhoe) towering over
the surrounding barren landscape.
Rivendell – Kaotoke Regional Park, Wellington
Head to Kaitoke Regional Park near Wellington and explore
the beautiful forest that was transformed into the magical
Elven realm of Rivendell.
Weta Cave – Wellington
A large portion of the set and props creation, costuming
and computer-generated magic happened right here at Weta
Cave and Weta Digital. Join a tour and learn about the
processes that created much of Middle Earth and its quirky
Dimholt Road – Putangirua Pinnacles, Wellington
Head out to the Putangirua Pinnacles on Cape Palliser
to see where Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli meet the Army
of the Dead. You’ll find the unique landscape just
as striking as it was in the Lord of the Rings!
Edoras – Mount Sunday, Canterbury
It doesn’t take much imagination to conjure up an
image of the city of Rohan rising from the top of Mount
Sunday. Take a walk up the hill and look out over the
stunning views that the citizens of Rohan were privy to.
Gondor – Twizel
Visit Gondor and relive the Battle of the Pelennor Fields
as you wander through the grassy plains of Twizel and
the Mackenzie country. Join an LOTR tour and you can even
dress-up and try your hand at a battle re-enactment!
Anduin River – Kawarau Gorge, Queenstown
Head along the Kawarau River and imagine the Gates of
Arnonath towering over the gorge. While you can’t
see the famous statues themselves (these were added in
post-production) the spectacular river maintains a majestic
feel befitting the Pillars of Kings.
Isengard – Paradise, Glenorchy
With a name like Paradise, it’s no wonder that this
location was a no-brainer for use in the Lord of the Rings
trilogy. Head out to Glenorchy (past Queenstown) and discover
this hidden gem where Gandalf rode to meet Saruman at
ZEALAND CONSERVATION PARKS LORD OF THE RINGS
a tour of the New Zealand,s stunningly beautiful
conservation areas that provided locations for
Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. GPS
co-ordinates are provided so you can visit many
of these locations yourself while holidaying
in New Zealand.
Here to Visit Department of Conservation Locations
NEW ZEALAND LORD OF THE RINGS FILMING LOCATIONS
Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed entirely
in New Zealand. Filming locations spanned more
than 150 locations in both the North and the
South Islands. From the towering mountains and
dreamy Hobbiton™ in the Shire, New Zealand's
otherworldly landscapes brought the movies to
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HOBITT FILM LOCATIONS
The Hobbit filming locations are generally amongst
New Zealand’s epic and diverse landscapes
so are a joy to visit whether you like little
fur-footed men or not. Even if you are not on
the look out for Hobbit filming locations, you’ll
probably find that everywhere you turn looks
to New Zealand. You will find a diverse range of scenery and
conditions from sub-tropical to a little colder down south in
the winter time. New Zealand can be enjoyed at a pace to suit
every age group. Grab a cheap flight to New Zealand for a game
of golf, Buy a map, hire a rental car, have an adventure and
fill your lungs with the smog free air New Zealand has to offer.
Accommodation from backpackers, bed and breakfast to luxury