Film Locations

From Hobbiton to Mt Doom, where the Lord of the Rings™ movies were filmed in a wide variety of magical locations in New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Many of these beautiful places barely required any CGI enhancement in post-production, so they are instantly recognizable in real life.

Once you have whet your appetite, journey onwards to our Lord of the Rings™ (LOTR) tour options.

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In the midst of endless rolling green hills flecked with white sheep is the village of Hobbiton. Be prepared to be transported to the peaceful region of Middle-earth™ where Bilbo Baggins lived and the

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Hobbiton
Trollshaw

Although the area is better known for the Waitomo Caves and glow worms, the Mangaotaki Valley near Piopio also featured in The Hobbit where it became the location for Staddle Farm and Trollshaw Forest

Trollshaw
Trollshaw
Mordor

Tongariro National Park is home to Mount Doom, Mordor and Emyn Muil and some of New Zealand's most incredible scenery.

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Mordor
Weta Workshop

Wellington is in many ways the heart of the movie fan's experience, being the home to the Weta Workshop & Cave, Weta Digital, Park Road Post Productions,Motion Capture Studio & Stone Street Studios.

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Weta Workshop
South of Rivendell

Nelson is one of New Zealand's sunniest regions with three National Parks that extend from the mountains to the sea, forming some magnificent Middle-earth locations.

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South of Rivendell
Pelennor Fields

Twizel was purpose-built in the 1960s to provide a home for workers involved with the Upper Waitaki Power Scheme.The cast spent one month here for filming.

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Pelennor Fields

This southern city is the gateway to the vast open Canterbury landscapes and a great base from which to approach Edoras and Lake-town.

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Edoras

Lake Pukaki is the largest lake in the area, and it proudly shows off New Zealand’s tallest peak, Aoraki/ Mount Cook.

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Laketown

The surrounding landscape of Queenstown played a key role in The Lord of the Rings films; you can discover a range of memorable sites.

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