Lord of The Rings Filming Locations NZ

From Hobbiton to Mt Doom, where the Lord of the RingsTM 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 RingsTM (LOTR) tour options.


North IslandMatamata

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 quest for the ring began.

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North IslandRotorua

Rotorua is the perfect place to relax and unwind while you take in the unique landscapes and culture that make up this beautiful country and the mythical world of Middle-eart.

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North IslandPiopio

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.

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Tongariro National Park

North IslandTongariro National Park

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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North IslandWellington

Wellington is in many ways the heart of the movie fan's experience, being the home to the Weta Cave Workshop and Stone Street Studios.

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South IslandNelson

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 IslandChristchurch

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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South IslandTwizel

Twizel lies in the heart of the MacKenzie Basin, a vast alpine basin used extensively for scenes involving the Rohan plains.

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South IslandCromwell

Relax and enjoy wine tasting in Cromwell, where production crews descended on the banks of the immense Clutha River for a month of filming.

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South IslandQueenstown

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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