Lord of the Rings Travel Destinations

By on February 3, 2016

If you have ever needed an excuse to visit New Zealand, discovering the locations of the acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy is a good option. Of course, die-hard fans will not need an excuse to clock up thousands of miles in order to see the landscapes where their favourite scenes were shot. Read on for a comprehensive list of the most spectacular Lord of the Rings locations.

River Anduin

River Anduin

The Third Age’s longest river was the scene of battles between Gondorians, Wainriders, and Easterlings. Up to four different rivers were used to depict the mystical River Anduin. The main location is Rangitikei River (which is also one of New Zealand’s longest rivers). The Rangitikei is a popular destination for extreme sport lovers. Along its banks, visitors can practise white water rafting, kayaking, jet boating, rafting, and bungee jumping. Trekking along the surrounding deep canyons will certainly make you feel as if you were a character in the movie.

The Rangitikei River can be accessed via Taihape, a small town in New Zealand’s North island. Taihape can be reached after a three-hour drive south of Wellington.

The Pillars of the Kings

The Pillars of the Kings

The Pillars of the Kings stood magnificently at both sides of River Anduin. Although the pillars themselves were computer generated, they were inspired on the landscapes that surround Kawarau River. The Kawarau is protected by a national conservation order, although leisure activities like bungee jumping, rafting, and jet boating are permitted.

Two hundred years ago, the Kawarau attracted gold miners by the hundreds. Some of their mining huts can still be found along the banks of the river. To get there, you need to make it to New Zealand’s South island. Dunedin is the largest town in the Otago region, and from there tour operators run excursions to Kawarau.

Edoras

Edoras

In the movie, Edoras was Rohan’s capital city and the meeting point for Legolas, Gandalf, Aragorn, and King Theoden. Edoras was located on top of a hill in the White Mountains. The real-life location for this mystical city is Mount Sunday, in the South Island. The mountain itself is inaccessible, but some fine views can be obtained from the cark at the bottom or from nearby Mount Potts, a popular skiing area.

To reach the area, visitors must make their way to Methven, which is an hour away from Christchurch. Some of fantastic activities available in the area include fishing, hunting, mountain biking, but if you are planning a domestic flight to another part of New Zealand, book an inexpensive airline that flies over the snow-capped mountain ranges.

The Misty Mountains

The Misty Mountains

The enigmatic Misty Mountains were home to goblin colonies and to the witch-king of Angwar. Mount Aspiring National Park was the location where the scenes related to the Misty Mountains were shot. The park is located in the South Island, and it is part of the so-called New Zealand Alps mountain range. The highest peak (Mount Aspiring) is an impressive 9,900 feet high. Numerous hiking trails criss cross the park.

The village of Glenorchy is one of the most convenient gateways to the park. Since it is set on the shores of a lake, Glenorchy can be reached by boat. A 40-minute drive from Queenstown will also get you there. The splendorous surrounding landscape and the numerous opportunities for outdoors activities will surely keep visitors entertained for days on end.

Mordor

Mordor

A natural fortress set in awe-inspiring surroundings, Mordor was inspired by the landscapes at Mount Ruapehu, which is part of Tongariru National Park. The park is a World Heritage site and it is located half-way between Wellington and Auckland. The nearest towns are Turangi and Okahune, which can be reached by public transport from the North Island’s main cities.

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