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Sept. 18th,

2019

Travel in the footsteps of…

The Lord of the Rings

“The Lord of the Rings” saga made you dream? Its breathtaking landscapes made you want to go straight to New Zealand? Before the comeback of the saga on Amazon Prime Video in 2021, let’s travel in the footsteps of our favorite hobbits in New Zealand!

1. Hobbiton

First stop, the most famous Hobbit village in the world! Nothing better to dive into the world of Frodo and his companions.

The lands of The County were bought and were supposed to temporarily welcome the village. But, for the purposes of the trilogy, the small houses were rebuilt with long-lasting materials, and eventually, the village opened its doors to fans.

The price of admission and an hour and a half’s guided tour is around €50. But you will end the visit with a beer brewed on-site, in the famous hostel “The Green Dragon”.

2. National Tongariro Park

Located in the center of the North Island, the Tongariro National Park is a must see! The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro volcanoes.

The Ngauruhoe volcano was used to represent the Mountain of Destiny in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Tawhai waterfall was used in cave scenes with Gollum. The Wakapapa ski resort hosted scenes representing Mordor.

The park is also known around the world for its amazing Tongariro Crossing Trek (19.4 km). You can climb to the summit of Mount Tongariro, passing by the blue and emerald lakes.

 

3. Harcourt Park

This park located in the city of Upper Hutt was used for the scenes in the Gardens of Isengard.

4. Pinnacles Putangirua

This impressive rock formation in the Wellington area is accessible after a short hike.
This natural setting has been used to illustrate Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn’s Path of the Dead in The Return of the King.

5. Regional Kaitoke Park

At first glance, you may not recognize much of the scenery from your favorite movies. They were all disassembled after the end of shooting, and many of the visual effects were added digitally.

But you can walk in a beautiful park and try to guess the places of some scenes, including Rivendell (the village of elves). A door has been built to materialize the location of the shooting.

6. Mount Victoria Park in Wellington

Mount Victoria Park is the location of several scenes in The Lord of the Rings. You will recognize the tree on which Frodo smokes his pipe after leaving The Shire, as well as the roots under which the 4 hobbits hid to escape the Nazgûl.

7. Rangitata Valley & Mount Sunday

This beautiful place was used for the settings of Edoras, the city of Rohan’s men. Again, it will require imagination to remember the digitally added scenery!

A magical place where you can hike and try to climb Mount Sunday. One of the most beautiful places in New Zealand.

8. Twizel

Twizel is a town in the Mackenzie District, bordered by Lake Ruataniwha. Its incredible landscapes hosted some of the most grandiose scenes of the saga: the battle between the armies of Gondor and Rohan against those of Mordor.

9. Kawarau River

The Karawau River, in the northwest of the Otago region, was used to represent the Gondor entrance, with its 2 huge statues on either side. The statues were obviously not real, but the landscape is still impressive and worth the trip!

10. Glenorchy

If you want to discover the scenery used for the surroundings of Isengard, head to Glenorchy. Located on South Island, in Otago, this beautiful place is the ideal spot for hiking, camping, picnicking.

11. Castle Hill

An alpine village located in the District of Canterbury, 1 hour from Christchurch, Castle Hill was named after the impressive collection of limestone blocks that litters it.

This landscape housed the scenes of the Helm’s Gulf’s road as well as the battle with the wargs.

1. Hobbiton

First stop, the most famous Hobbit village in the world! Nothing better to dive into the world of Frodo and his companions.

The lands of The County were bought and were supposed to temporarily welcome the village. But, for the purposes of the trilogy, the small houses were rebuilt with long-lasting materials, and eventually, the village opened its doors to fans.

The price of admission and an hour and a half’s guided tour is around €50. But you will end the visit with a beer brewed on-site, in the famous hostel “The Green Dragon”.

2. National Tongariro Park

Located in the center of the North Island, the Tongariro National Park is a must see! The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro volcanoes.

The Ngauruhoe volcano was used to represent the Mountain of Destiny in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Tawhai waterfall was used in cave scenes with Gollum. The Wakapapa ski resort hosted scenes representing Mordor.

The park is also known around the world for its amazing Tongariro Crossing Trek (19.4 km). You can climb to the summit of Mount Tongariro, passing by the blue and emerald lakes.

 

3. Harcourt Park

This park located in the city of Upper Hutt was used for the scenes in the Gardens of Isengard.

4. Pinnacles Putangirua

This impressive rock formation in the Wellington area is accessible after a short hike.
This natural setting has been used to illustrate Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn’s Path of the Dead in The Return of the King.

5. Regional Kaitoke Park

At first glance, you may not recognize much of the scenery from your favorite movies. They were all disassembled after the end of shooting, and many of the visual effects were added digitally.

But you can walk in a beautiful park and try to guess the places of some scenes, including Rivendell (the village of elves). A door has been built to materialize the location of the shooting.

6. Mount Victoria Park in Wellington

Mount Victoria Park is the location of several scenes in The Lord of the Rings. You will recognize the tree on which Frodo smokes his pipe after leaving The Shire, as well as the roots under which the 4 hobbits hid to escape the Nazgûl.

7. Rangitata Valley & Mount Sunday

This beautiful place was used for the settings of Edoras, the city of Rohan’s men. Again, it will require imagination to remember the digitally added scenery!

A magical place where you can hike and try to climb Mount Sunday. One of the most beautiful places in New Zealand.

8. Twizel

Twizel is a town in the Mackenzie District, bordered by Lake Ruataniwha. Its incredible landscapes hosted some of the most grandiose scenes of the saga: the battle between the armies of Gondor and Rohan against those of Mordor.

9. Kawarau River

The Karawau River, in the northwest of the Otago region, was used to represent the Gondor entrance, with its 2 huge statues on either side. The statues were obviously not real, but the landscape is still impressive and worth the trip!

10. Glenorchy

If you want to discover the scenery used for the surroundings of Isengard, head to Glenorchy. Located on South Island, in Otago, this beautiful place is the ideal spot for hiking, camping, picnicking.

11. Castle Hill

An alpine village located in the District of Canterbury, 1 hour from Christchurch, Castle Hill was named after the impressive collection of limestone blocks that litters it.

This landscape housed the scenes of the Helm’s Gulf’s road as well as the battle with the wargs.

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