Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002

Director

Peter Jackson

Cast



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North Island

Matamata: Centrally situated in the Waikato region on the North Island. Nearest airport: Hamilton International Airport

Tourism: Matamata

Visit: Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata (tel: 64.7.888.1505)

Mount Ruapehu: located in the World Heritage Tongariro National Park: Mount Ruapehu Tourism

Wellington

20 miles north of Wellington is Harcourt Park, Akatarawa Road, Upper Hutt (rail: Upper Hutt, bus to Brown Owl shops)

Kaitoke Regional Park, about 8 miles from Upper Hutt City (rail: Wallaceville)

Fernside Lodge, about two miles from Featherston, Wairarapa, 40 miles east of Wellington (tel: 64 6 308 8265)

South Island

Visit: Kahurangi National Park

Visit: Fiordland National Park

Visit: Kawarau Gorge, on the Kawarau River

LORD OF THE RINGS LOCATION TOURS

New Zealand Tourism Online , 208 Cashel Street, PO Box 13300, Christchurch, New Zealand

Red Carpet Tours, PO Box 100-680, North Shore Mail Centre Auckland, New Zealand

Wanaka Sightseeing Lord of the Rings Tours

Wellington: Wellington Rover Tours

Wellington: Flat Earth New Zealand Experiences

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Wellington: Hammonds Wellington Sightseeing Tours

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers location: the Fiordland region, New Zealand

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers location: The ‘Dead Marshes’ landscape shots are the Kepler Mire, in the Fiordland region, New Zealand

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The fellowship is falling apart, Boromir is dead and Saruman (Christopher Lee) is planning to wage war on Middle Earth.

Way east of Queenstown, near Poolburn Dam in the Ida Valley about 25 miles east of Alexandra, stood the village on the ‘Plains of Rohan’, where the children are sent off to safety before the Orc attack. The village set no longer stands.

For obvious practical reasons, the ‘Dead Marshes’ had to be created on sets, but the wider landscape shots are the Kepler Mire, largest of the wetlands in the Te Anau basin, once again in the Fiordland region and an important nature conservancy area, which gave rise to concern about the effect filming might have on the delicate ecosystem.

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers location: Dry Creek Quarry, Haywards Hill, Wellington, New Zealand

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers location: Minas Tirith and the Battle of Helm's Deep: Dry Creek Quarry, Haywards Hill, Wellington, New Zealand

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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. (rail: Manor Park). Dry Creek is a working quarry and the sets have been removed.

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Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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