Lord of the Rings

"Tolkien's world was one of deep hidden valleys, barren wastelands, remote mystical mountains and lush, low valleys," Peter Jackson.

Queenstown and the surrounding area boast spectacular backdrops that were employed for all three 'Lord of the Rings' movies.

Take the opportunity to discover some of the following spots used in the three movies:

  • Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu
    Lake Wakatipu was used for scenes involving Lothlorien, an ancient forest. "There lie the woods of Lothlorien!" said Legolas. "That is the fairest of all the dwellings of my people. There are no trees like the trees of that land. For in autumn their leaves fall not, but turn to gold." The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien.
  • Lord of the Rings, Deer Park, QueenstownDeer Park Heights
    Drive yourself through Deer Park Heights and visit Queenstown's largest Lord of the Rings location. See where Gandalf rode towards Gondor, where the refugees escaped from Rohan, where the attack of the Wargs occurred, and where Eowyn provided Aragorn with his 'tasty' stew. Access is closed to the public to drive up there, but you can still walk up there to see the lake.
  • Kawarau River
    The Kawarau River was used as River Anduin from the Lord of the Rings movies.
  • Remarkables
    The Remarkables featured as the slopes of Dimrill Dale, which Aragorn leads he fellowship to Lothlorien after the Mines of Moria.
  • Glenorchy
    The area around Glenorchy, north of Queenstown, was used for scenes involving Isengard (Glenorchy and Paradise), Lothlorien (Paradise), Ithilien Camp (Twelve Mile Delta) and Amon Hen (Closeburn), where Merry and Pippin were captured by Orcs.
  • Skippers Canyon
    Arwen's (Liv Tyler's) confrontation with the Black Riders at the Ford of Bruinen was filmed in Skippers Canyon, near Arrowtown.

We have a list of tour guides that can show you around.

Pure Glenorchy

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