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Hobbit locations



Although full details of The Hobbit filming locations are under embargo, supervising location manager Jared Connon says about 40 different parts of New Zealand were chosen. He said some locations are on private land but several are public or national parks which are easily accessible in popular tourist destinations.

“They’ve all got their tourism tie-ins – that’s the way it works, when you shoot beautiful places,” Connon said.

The magnificent scenery shown in The Lord of the Rings movies put New Zealand on the world screen and had a positive spin-off for tourism. A 2004 survey revealed that around 150,000 visitors cited The Lord of the Rings as one of the main reasons for visiting New Zealand, and international visitor arrivals in Wellington increased 50% in the decade from the release of the first movie.

Sir Peter Jackson said if people thought they had seen all of New Zealand’s scenic beauty in LOTR, they would be in for a surprise because there were plenty of “wonderful locations” still to come in The Hobbit.

Two of the new locations include the iconic South Island landscapes of the rugged Mackenzie Country – an alpine basin below New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki Mt Cook – and a rocky dry wilderness area near the southern city of Dunedin which depicts an area of Middle-earth.

Jared Connon said the Queenstown and Southern Lakes regions, Nelson – Marlborough, the North Island’s Central Plateau, Waitomo and, of course, Hobbiton in the Waikato were all filming locations.

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