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10 Best Lord of the Rings Filming Locations in New Zealand

Updated: Jun 30

Are you a big fan of Lord of the Rings? We've listed the movie's 10 locations in New Zealand!



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1. Matamata - Hobbiton


We'll start our list with the most soothing part of the movie. Some scenes of the Shire were filmed in the village of Hobbiton. The Hobbiton movie set was demolished after filming and turned into an open-air museum. Highly recommend visiting if you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings.



Matamata Hobbiton

Not much-known information! The scene in the hobbits' home where Gandalf first hits the chandelier and then hits his head on the way back actually happened. Sir Ian McKellen really hit his head hard and kept playing.




2. Mount Ngauruhoe - Mount Doom


Let's continue more chaotic; the heart of evil and the home of Sauron. You can climb deep into Mordor like Frodo and Sam by walking through the Tongariro Pass. We hope you will not be caught by any of Sauron's servants.



Mount Ngauruhoe - Mount Doom

3. Putangirua Pinnacles


This is where Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas entered the Paths of the Dead. You can have a great hiking experience and spend the night at the campsite. Don't forget your backpack.


4. Kawarau Gorge (Queenstown)


You probably know about this place called the Anduin River, where two gigantic statues stand in the river. Sculptures were added in post-production but this place is great without statues.



Kawarau Gorge (Queenstown)

5. Mount Sunday (Canterbury)


Magnificent view of Mount Sunday, Edoras, capital of Rohan. The construction of this set took a total of nine months. Unfortunately, they removed it after the movie but Mount Sunday is worth a visit without its Edoras.


6. Snowdon Forest


Located in Fiordland National Park, Snowdon Forest is gorgeous here even without the Lord of The Ring. Fangorn forest; It is where Gandalf whistles his mighty horse Shadowfax, and where Aragorn traces the Hobbits deep into the forest.


7. Tawhai Falls


When you first see it, you probably know this place from somewhere, the waterfall was partly used when Gollum was fishing and Faramir aimed his arrows at Gollum. This place is commonly known as Gollum's Pool.



Tawhai Falls lord of the rings

8. Mount Owen - Dimrill Dale


It is where the Fellowship escaped from the Mines of Moria in the Fellowship of the Ring. Mount Owen is located within Kahurangi National Park.


9. Twizel


Welcome to the strongholds of Gondor, the human race! If you take the Lord of the Rings Twizel Tour, you can reenact the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, where the Witch-king tells Eowyn, "You idiot, no man can kill me", but Eowyn takes off her helmet and yells. "I am not a man." and kills the Witch-King.



Lord of the Rings Twizel Tour

10. Kepler Mire


One of the most chaotic places in the movie is the Dead Marshes. There are dead faces in the water, and Frodo says, ''But I have seen them too. In the pools when the candles were lit. They lie in all the pools, pale faces, deep deep under the dark water. I saw them: grim faces and evil, and noble faces and sad. Many faces proud and fair, and weeds in their silver hair. But all foul, all rotting, all dead. A fell light is in them.'' We recommend visiting one of the amazing natural treasures in New Zealand, but not looking at the water.






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