New Zealand: The Lord of the RingsFernside Gardens: Lothlorien / Gladden Fields
In the year 2000, Peter Jackson and his crew filmed two significant scenes for The Lord of the Rings at Fernside. For The Fellowship of the Ring, the lake was converted into the Silverlode River where Frodo and his companions are farewelled by Lady Galadriel and the elves of Lothlorien. In The Two Towers, we see the lake again, but this time Peter transports us to the Gladden Fields. It's the memorable sequence between Sméagol and Déagol where the One Ring is found, resulting in a deadly fight between the two brothers.
Fernside is a private residence with a colourful history. The house was built in 1924 and hosted New Zealand's rich and famous until the US government purchased it in the 1950s as an ambassadorial property.
These days, Fernside is run by a trust and off limits to the public except for the surrounding gardens which can be visited through an organised tour with Flat Earth New Zealand Experiences from Wellington.
Lothlorien - The Fellowship of the Ring
Equipped with the powerful presents gifted to them by Lady Galadriel, Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli and Boromir leave the Elven forest of Lothlorien and paddle down the Silverlode River towards the mighty Anduin.
As the boats of the Fellowship glide past, Frodo recalls his farewell to Galadriel who handed him the phial containing the Light of Eärendil:
The Gladden Fields - The Two Towers
What could possibly go wrong between two brothers on a fishing trip?
Please be aware that there is no public access to the Fernside Gardens. The only way to visit the location is by arranging a tour with Flat Earth New Zealand Experiences.