New Zealand as Middle-earth

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New Zealand primary filming locations for the Fellowship of the Ring

New Zealand as Middle-earth is a series of interactive documentaries, appearing on the extended editions of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It shows footage of several filming locations.

The Fellowship of the Ring[edit]


  • Matamata. A field outside Matamata, a small town in the North Island, was a minor filming location for external Bag End and Shire scenes and possibly for Bilbo's party
  • Keeling Farm, Manukau
  • Otaki Totara Forest
  • Wellington


  • Port Wikato. In that hilly location nothing was built. Peter Jackson's crew left the hill untouched and used it for external background scenes and allso for the hollow scene, where Aragorn and the Hobbits camp for the night.
  • Te Anau
  • Wellington. For the fight with the Nazgûl scene, filmed in studio.

Ford of Bruinen[edit]

  • Arrowtown
  • Tarras, Wanaka
  • Queenstown


  • Kaitoke, Regional Park


  • Paradise, Glenorchy. There was filmed the scene where The Fellowship enters Lothlórien.
  • Fernside, Featherston. In this area was shot the departure from Lothlórien scene, due to its colorful trees and beautiful river.

River Anduin[edit]

  • Kawarau river

where the Argonath scene was shot

  • Queenstown
  • Poet's corner, Upper Hutt
  • Kaitoke, regional Park

Amon Hen[edit]

  • Mavora Lakes. This is the place where the scene with the fellowship leaving the boats was shot
  • Paradise, Glenorchy

Where the fight against the Uruk-hai and the death of Boromir were shot

  • Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, Where an Amon Hen ruin was built and used for some scenes

The Two Towers[edit]

The Return of the King[edit]