Peter Jacksons “Lord of The Rings” trilogy is widely recognised worldwide. These films are so famous due to their film locations. And, the best part is that the trilogy was filmed throughout New Zealand. These film locations are even open to the public, where you can go on a New Zealand tour of the Lord of the Rings. What better way to do this tour than by caravan rental in Wellington too?
Mt. Ngauruhoe/Tongariro National Park
Some of the more famous locations in New Zealand are Mount Ngaruhoe and Tongariro National Park. Here, the land of Mordor and Mount Doom were filmed. Mount Ngauruhoe is one of three active volcanoes in the park, and offers spectacular views. The Tongariro Crossing is known for its famous hikes and crystal-clear Emerald Lake. Hire a caravan rental in Wellington and head to these famous film locations.
Hobbiton is one of the most famous film locations in New Zealand. Located in Matamata, the shire and Hobbiton are popular tourist spots. These film sets were only meant to be temporary fixtures. However, the family who owned the land wanted this to be a permanent tourist attraction. And, we are so happy that it is! This is just the beginning of your New Zealand Lord of the Rings Tour.
Kawarau Gorge, Queenstown
The Kawarau Gorge is home to the suspension bridge which runs over the river. It is a popular tourist spot due to its commercial purposes – the AJ Hackett Bungy jump. The bridge is also inside a Department of Conservation reserve, attracting hikers, bikers, and runners year-round.
This beautiful location is found in Canterbury near the Ashburton Lakes. You may recognise this film location in the scenes set in Rohan. It is also a popular spot for hikers, as it offers incredible panoramic views across the countryside.
The Putangirua Pinnacles are near Cape Palliser. This dream location is where you will find some of the most incredible rock formations, hiking tracks and camping spots. If you plan on taking to the tracks, head out early morning and see the effects of the early sunshine coming through the rocks.
Peter Jackson also filmed the Return of The King here. The eroded natural stone pillars are truly a sight to behold.
Skippers Canyon, Queenstown
This incredible canyon was carved out by the Shotover River, and is an incredible 22 kilometres in length. Skippers Canyon is a historic and scenic gorge, which was also used to film scenes in Lord of the Rings. You may recognise it from where Lady Arwen calls on the river god to wash away the Nazgul and save Frodo.
Deer Park Heights
The surrounding park itself is closed to visitors since 2009, but you can still take a walk up there with the of the Remarkables Range in the background. This is where the long journey scenes were filmed, like the trip from Edoras to Helm’s Deep in “The Two Towers.”
The town of Twizel was built in the 1960s to provide a home for local workers. Today, it is a popular tourist spot for hiking, biking and skiing, and also offers picturesque views. Twizel was home to the film scenes involving Gondor.
These are just a few of the amazing places you can visit on New Zealand tour of Lord of The Rings. With caravan rental in Wellington, you can drive to all these top film locations, stress free.
Caravan rental is an affordable way to travel and see the country. Often, you will safe money on time, food and accommodation. Linger as long as you like at any one of these famous places, and there is no tour guide to rush you along to the next site. Definitely consider making your New Zealand tour by caravan. Should you decide to make the trip to Middle Earth, and enjoy the vast natural beauty of New Zealand.