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New Zealand - Welcome to Middle Earth

Wellington, Mount Victoria, Seatoun, Khandallah, Mount Ngauruhoe, Waitomo, Mount Ruapehum and more.

  • City of blinding lights

    Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. At latitude 41°S, it's the southernmost national capital city in the world. This is about as far south as you can get without hiking through Patagonia.

    [Wellington by night from Mount Victoria]

  • Cars along a cable

    For only $4,50 you can be dragged up the hillside by a charming old cable car. The line was opened in 1902 to transform the green hills into a new suburb. Today it provides easy access to the Botanical Gardens.

    [Cable car tracks above Wellington]

  • Across the waters

    The city is located in a large bay, providing an excellent harbor area.

    [Wellington]

  • Out of Lembas

    Two chai latte with cinnamon.

    [Emelie and Alan at Starbucks in Wellington]

  • Grassy leisure

    Having a picnic in the Botanical Gardens sitting next to the Carter Observatory. Life is good.

    [Botanical Gardens in Wellington]

  • Walk of fame

    At the end of the street is the Embassy where Lord of the Rings had world premiere. The cast went on a parade along this street and there was a giant nazgul statue on one of the rooftops.

    [Courtenay, Wellington]

  • Seaside manners

    [Emelie in Wellington]

  • Land of the hobbits

    Unfortunately the nazgul had another appointment at this hour.

    [Lord of the Rings filming location in Mount Victoria]

  • Get off the road

    This was the place where Frodo and the hobbits first encountered the nazgul. It was also the site for the very first shooting of the trilogy, catching the press off guard.

    [Lord of the Rings filming location in Mount Victoria]

  • Going to Brill

    This forest saw four hobbits escape from a nazgul. The area was also used for the scenes at Weathertop, Dunharrow, Hobbiton Woods and Outer Shire.

    [Lord of the Rings filming location in Mount Victoria]

  • Kebab hunter

    Reine surveying the kebab district.

    [Cuba Street, Wellington]

  • I can see my house from here

    The city is located in a large bay, providing an excellent harbor area.

    [View of Wellington from Mount Victoria]

  • Coming through the walls

    I've seen several buildings where the walls have been painted to look like a more fashionable exterior, but the prostitute was a new touch.

    [Wellington]

  • Urban groove

    [Wellington]

  • With the eagles

    The city is very densely populated due to the narrow space between the harbor and the surrounding hills.

    [Wellington]

  • Hobbit hangout

    This is the Chocolate Fish Café, a local favorite of Peter Jackson where he brought a lot of the Lord of the Rings cast to dine. A very nice place, despite the horrible colors. Each chair is individually painted with different movie characters such as King Kong.

    [Chocolate Fish Café in Seatoun]

  • I can feel it in the water

    Seatoun is more than Chocolate Fish Café and a nice beach. It is also the place where Peter Jackson lives. During the filming of Lord of the Rings it was home to the stars and the set of Bree.

    [Seatoun]

  • Rising from the deep

    This rock formation is located just outside Weta Workshops. These sandstone rocks inspired artist Alan Lee to design Shelob's Lair as seen in Return of the King.

    [Seatoun]

  • In the Shire

    The land of the hobbits seems run down by sheeps these days. In fact, there's 45 million of them.

    [North island]

  • A room with a view

    View from the bedroom window.

    [Khandallah]

  • Bay of storms

    [Seatoun]

  • Across Dagorlad

    New Zealand volcano Mount Ngauruhoe is located in the Tongariro National Park on the north island. It was used as Mount Doom for a few scenes in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, but since the local population didn't allow filming there for religious reasons the crew had to make a digital replica of it.

    [Mount Ngauruhoe]

  • The road goes on and on

    This must be one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

    [Waitomo]

  • Petals

    [Waitomo]

  • An alliance of elves and men

    A lot of Lord of the Rings scenes were shot in this area, including the prologue battle.

    [Mount Ruapehu]

  • Escape from the worm cave

    The glow worm caves are really cool. It's pitch black and the worms above looks like stars across the cave. We also explored the underground caves with head lights and wetsuits, but unfortunately that camera got broken.

    [Waitomo]

  • A far green country

    The vegetation of this country is just unbelievably dense.

    [Waitomo]

  • Fierce and furry

    Go ahead. I won't tell anyone.

    [Lake Karapiro]

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