Wednesday, May 27, 2015

They're Taking the Hobbits to Queenstown not Isengard - Lego Legolas says

Ever since the first The Lord of the Rings movie was released in 2001, New Zealand has been known as the 'Home of Middle-earth'.

The movies were shot on location in New Zealand.
Air New Zealand even made a nice Advertisement for New Zealand Tourism as Middle Earth.
Watch that now.

Take a journey through Middle Earth

Trivia point : Legolas Means "green leaves" in Sindarin, from laeg "green" combined with go-lass "collection of leaves".

In the movie, Legolas (Orlando Bloom) says,

"They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard"

Here's a video of Lego Legolas saying that :

Well, now you know that Isengard is actually Queenstown, New Zealand.

"They're Taking the Hobbits to Queenstown"

Lothlorein is Glenorchy Paradise, New Zealand
Update : Lothlorien was filmed in Paradise and the Arcadia Station, 20 mins north of Glenorchy and Isengard was located in the Dart River bed a little bit up the road from Paradise towards Chinaman's Bluff. Thanks to redditor New Zealand guide ask_a_local. If you need a guide in Middle Earth New Zealand, you know whom to ask.

The Hobbit Trilogy was filmed entirely in New Zealand, throughout locations in both the North and South Islands.


The rolling hills of The Shire were once again brought to life near Matamata, where Hobbiton was re-built for The Hobbit Trilogy. Also used in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Hobbiton has remained open as an attraction for Middle-earth fans. Enjoy peering over a Hobbit’s front gate, dancing under the party tree or swigging back a beer at The Green Dragon Inn.


The looming cliffs, unusual limestone rock formations and prehistoric forest at Mangaotaki Rocks in Piopio looks as if it has been created especially to form the backdrop for Middle-earth. This area provided the location for Trollshaws Forest and Staddles Farm where a number of scenes from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were shot; including The Company arriving at a destroyed farmhouse, the exit from the Troll Hoard Cave, Gandalf bestowing Sting upon Bilbo, Radagast's arrival and the Gundabad Wargs and Orcs attack.

You can visit the exact filming locations with Hairy Feet Waitomo Scenic Film Location Tours, where you'll join a guided tour and experience the movie making magic for yourself.


New Zealand’s sunniest region, Nelson, provided the backdrop for several locations in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The exact locations were filmed on private property, but visitors can get a good feel for these locations with a horse trek. Ride across neighbouring private farmland to the dramatic cliff drop which offers spectacular coastal views over Golden Bay.


Twizel's alpine magic was captured on-film in both The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Part of the Wargs chase was filmed here; and the largest battle scene ever - the Battle of the Pelennor Fields - was set in a remote Twizel field. Twizel is home to a charming mountain town, and a road trip around the local area will give you a feel for the spectacular scenes that were filmed here.

Mount Cook

Mount Cook and it's surrounding alpine peaks are used in the backdrop of some of the aerial filming in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Visit Aoraki Mount Cook National Park for a range of walking tracks and scenic views.


One of the most magical locations in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; Earnslaw Burn is a glacier that has created a number of cascading waterfalls that tumble down a huge rock face. Here, Bilbo and The Company are filmed continuing on their quest after departing Rivendell. The Earnslaw Burn Track - beginning in Glenorchy - is a challenging 4-hour hike that rewards with spectacular views at the head of the valley over the glacier and beyond.

Passburn was used for the approach to Misty Mountains and Passburn Track on the Mavora Walkway - one section of New Zealand’s national walkway Te Araroa - is open to the public.


The world-class ski area of Treble Cone was another filming location, and is famous for its off-piste terrain and unrivalled views across Lake Wanaka and the Central Otago region. The skifield is abuzz during winter months and has the longest vertical run in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Alpine Peaks in the Wanaka region was also described as 'Wild Country' for the first film and provided the backdrop for soaring eagles.

Pelorus River, Marlborough

Peter Jackson chose the Pelorus River to film the dwarves in barrels scene that appears in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Here, the dwarves were filmed floating in giant barrels down the river. Stephen Hunter, who played dwarf Bombur, called this experience 'his favourite day on set'. You can experience this exact location for yourself with an easy riverside walk, or take a guided kayak tour.

Read more at the New Zealand Website

Helm's Deep

The Dry Creek Quarry on Hayward's Hill Road near Upper Hutt was used as the setting for Helm's Deep - the scene of The Two Towers' climactic battle. This fortification was the largest and most detailed set from The Lord of the Rings. The stunning set includes details right down to paving stones and statues.

Helm's Deep recreated in Minecraft
The huge fortress city of ‘Minas Tirith’ and ‘Helm’s Deep’, where the awesome climactic battle takes place, were built at Dry Creek Quarry, a vast mining complex surrounded by a chainlink fence at the bottom of Haywards Hill in Wellington.

Dry Creek is a working Quarry - so the sets are no longer there. They had to be removed after the shooting.

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