On Location: The Lord of the Rings

The featured image in Jaya Travel & Tours travel blog post "On Location: The Lord of the Rings" which lists the filming locations from Peter Jackson's popular movie trilogy, based on the iconic books from J. R. R. Tolkien. A tall, grassy hill is the walls of a Hobbit house in Hobbiton in New Zealand, Australia.

Everyone knows The Lord of the Rings fantasy series, even if they arent devotees to the movies or books. Peter Jackson, the director, has the distinct advantage of being a New Zealand native. He knew that the breathtaking surroundings were imperative for recreating J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece. Fans may be wondering how to visit the film sites from The Lord of the Rings. In this article, Jaya Travel will list some of The Lord of the Rings movie sets that you can visit in real life! 

The Lord of the Rings Synopsis

Director: Peter Jackson | Run Time: 2h 58m | Genre: action, adventure, drama | Rating: PG-13

An ancient Ring has been found, and through a strange twist of fate has been given to a Hobbit named Frodo (Elijah Wood). When Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it.  

He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas (Orlando Bloom) the elf, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Sam (Sean Astin), and more. Their quest to destroy the One Ring is the only hope for the end of the Dark Lords reign. 

Where Was The Lord of the Rings Filmed?

Tongariro National Park

The Tongariro National Park in New Zealand, Australia is a unique landscape with rocky mountains and bright green lakes. This is a real-life filming site for the iconic movie and book series The Lord of The Rings.

Tongariro National Park was one of the go-to spots on the North island to film The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand. From small scenes like fishing or exploring ruins to crucial scenes like Mount Doom in Mordor, the location was used extensively in Jackson’s films. 

Mount Ngauruhoe, which served as Mount Doom in the film, is the area’s main attraction. This huge 2,000-year-old mound of ash was the ideal choice for the movie’s dark tone. Getting there is a difficult trek, but the view from the summit is amazing. 

Kaitoke Regional Park

A still from the movie and book trilogy The Lord Of The Rings where two lovers kiss in a magical realm called Rivendell. Jaya Travel & Tours uses this photo in the on location film locations blog, with photo credit from IMDB.
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Put on your elf ears, travel to Middle Earth, and enjoy picturesque surroundings of the Rivendell shooting location. Kaitoke Regional Park in Wellington is a family-friendly and accessible destination. Discover the replica sets in the elf village and reenact Arwen and Aragorn’s famous kiss before continuing your exploration down the swing bridge. 

In the midst of serene Middle Earth landscapes, the park offers hiking, swimming, mountain biking, and kayaking. There are activities for people of all ages, including trails that are entirely accessible for both seasoned hikers and day trippers. 

Farm Land

Jaya Travel & Tours travel blog post "On Location: The Lord of the Rings" lists the filming locations from Peter Jackson's popular movie and book trilogy. A tall, grassy hill is the walls of a Hobbit house in Hobbiton in New Zealand, Australia while the sky is darkened with a beautiful sunset.

The Hobbiton filming location is in Matamata, New Zealand and is located in a far-off patch of farmland about two hours from Auckland. As the name implies, Hobbiton is a magical land full of Hobbits.  

The original set no longer exists, but due to high demand, the filmmakers returned to the same spot and meticulously recreated it. You can even stop by the neighborhood bar on The Lord of the Rings movie locations tour! From private set tours to Christmas festivals, Jaya Travel will plan your tours to Hobbiton and beyond. 

Mount Victoria

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Jackson filmed the opening scene of the trilogy at Mount Victoria, making it an iconic and recognizable spot. The ancient trees of the city’s town belt at Miramar served as backdrop for the classic image and can be found adjacent to the film studio. You may recall the scene when the hobbits sheltered from the Nazgul beneath large tree roots. If you want to spend more time in the filming locations for The Lord of the Rings, then it’s also perfect for biking and hiking. 

Mount Owen

The top of rocky and grassy mountains are at the same height as the nearby clouds, and highlighted by the bright blue sky. This is Mount Owen National Park in New Zealand, Australia, which was used as a film location for the movie and book series the Lord of the Rings.

Mount Owen, the highest summit in Kahurangi National Park, is one of the most isolated filming locations (6150 ft / 1875 m). In The Lord of the Rings, this is where the fellowship escaped the Mines of Moria, making it yet another classic location for Jackson’s trilogy.

While its feasible to trek, many tourists choose to arrive by helicopter. It’s a magnificent place, boasting gorgeous glaciated marble karst topography and beautiful views over Tasman and Golden Bay. 

Ready to Journey to Middle Earth?

New Zealand is a vacation that should be on the top of every film fans travel bucket list. If you like the movies, then you need to tour the filming locations of The Lord of the Rings. Call Jaya Travel and well help you plan the perfect itinerary for your next fantasy adventure. We‘ll also book flights, hotels, and tours at the low rates for the ultimate Lord of the Rings vacation in New Zealand.

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