New Zealand: The Lord of the RingsMount Victoria: Get off the Road!
This location is unique for the fact that it was here that Peter Jackson shot the very first scene of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Situated close to the film studio in Miramar, Wellington, the lovely old trees of the city's townbelt provided the perfect backdrop for this iconic scene.
An interesting side note: parts of the tree trunk and the entire root system were made of polystyrene.
Drive up Alexandra Road and stop at the parking area about half-way up to the lookout. A small location marker points the way down into the forest towards the right.
Follow the track into the forest until you hit the first track branching off to the right which will take you to the actual location. It's about a 10 minute walk from the carpark. The exact coordinates of the location are S41° 18' 4.5" E174° 47' 19.14" / -41.30125 174.78865.
For most visitors, the main reason to hike or drive up Mount Victoria is the viewpoint at the top, presenting a 360 degree panorama of Wellington and its surroundings. If you're in luck there might even be a coffee cart on site.
You might also want to check out the nearby Weta Cave, a combined mini-museum and movie memorabilia shop of many things Middle Earth.
Mount Victoria: Get off the Road!
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