Lord of the rings locations in nz
The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook by Ian BrodieIts really unfortunate that this is the only location guidebook to the trilogy Lord of the Rings.
My husband and I got this book with high hopes- we were in our camper van and ready to see the sites from the movie.
One of the first things we noticed was that there are almost no maps throughout the entire book. There are two maps, one on the front cover of the North Island, one on the back cover of the South Island. That was it.
We also noticed that the maps that ARE in the book are completely useless. With the exception of Wellington, none of the cities where the sites are are noted on the map. So I had to look in the book for the city and find it on another map to understand where it was in relation to where we were. There are no highways/freeways on the map so you always had to have another map with you to use the book.
The author included GPS coordinates but I dont own a GPS unit so that was useless to me.
The descriptions on how to get to the sites were hard to follow. The author would write, to see the site, follow the river for 200 feet to where the hill slightly curves to the right. This is where Arwen faced the Nazgul. I felt that there was very little detail and we thought the sites were hard to find.
And this is what bothered me the most- the shameless advertising. For example to see the Kawarau River, where the Fellowship floats down the river past the two king statues, there is a shameless plug for Dart River Jetboats. It goes on and on about how the best way to see the sites is to take a Dart River jetboat. It was annoying.
Having said all of that, this was the only resource that we could find to see the sites from LOTR. If you are a fan of LOTR but dont want to pay 150 USD for a tour in Wellington (only), the book is worth the $25.
10 epic Middle Earth locations that really exist in New Zealand
As soon as you start to leave the cities in New Zealand it is completely obvious that this is Middle-earth. Any of the rolling green hills could be The Shire. Then you are in for some spectacular Lord of the Rings scenery as you approach the grand mountains and forests in the South Island. Now you can visit these locations on a road trip around New Zealand. We have only listed the Lord of the Rings locations that you can get to via hiking track, gravel road or sealed road, otherwise, you would need a helicopter to get to some of the more remote places. Die-hard fans might want to consider a Lord of the Rings tour to see some secret filming locations, which often includes costumes to re-enact scenes. Get your geek on!
It has since been rebuilt for the filming of The Hobbit Trilogy, and will now remain as a permanent attraction. See glorious degree images of Hobbiton here. The forested areas of the mountain were used to depict Hobbiton Woods, where the hobbits hid from the black riders. The exact location - a grassy area surrounded by native forest - is signposted from the carpark. From Wellington you can drive up the west coast to Queen Elizabeth Park near Paraparaumu, which was used for filming the Nazgul and mumakil in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
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For a long time, it was only possible to visit J. Tolkien's Middle-Earth through imagination. Traveling to the Shire and Rivendell and the realm of Gondor was only possible if you closed your eyes and let your mind wander as you read The Lord of the Rings. Even though Tolkien created the legends and histories and languages of Middle-Earth to serve as the mythology that he felt England was missing, it only takes a few days in New Zealand to second-guess the good professor. The set was mostly torn down after the Lord of the Rings movies, but it still drew fans wanting to see what was left.