The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

New Zealand's stunning landscapes captivated movie fans around the world as the unbilled star of the hugely successful The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

The landscapes of Middle‑earth came alive after they were featured in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy from 2001-2003. Over 150 real New Zealand  locations were used from the rolling green hills of Matamata in the North Island; Hobbiton, to Queenstown’s snowy jagged mountain peaks; the Remarkables, featured as Dimrill Dale.

How can New Zealand not bewitch anyone who visits

Ian McKellen Actor (Gandalf)

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