A Guide To Canterbury’s Middle‑earth™
The highly anticipated Rings of Power Amazon series breathes new life into Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings mythology, streaming September 2.
Aotearoa has 'stood in’ as Middle‑earth™ since Sir Peter Jackson first began shooting his epic trilogy across multiple locations in New Zealand in the late 1990s, before returning to Bilbo’s origin story in the Hobbit saga 15 years later. Now the One Ring gets it’s own backstory, and with it comes a host of new locations and lore for fans and bookworms alike.
Like Bilbo’s adventure of a lifetime with a wandering Wizard, take a guided tour on a ‘road less travelled’ through Canterbury’s Middle‑earth™ and rediscover the epic movie sets and locations for yourself.
From Ōtautahi Christchurch, explore the region’s scenery and be prepared to lose yourself in
stunning landscapes, otherworldly vistas and the magic of Tolkien’s Middle‑earth™ brought to life.
Our Middle‑earth™ Locations
EdorasThe hilltop kingdom was a central location in The Two Towers and brought the expansive halls of Edoras to life.
Lake-TownStep foot upon the shores of the Long Lake to behold the Lonely Mountain, home to the dwarven Kingdom of Erebor and lair of the last great dragon, Smaug.
Pelennor FieldsBehold in the majesty of one of Gondor’s most recognisable and extensively featured locations.
Kura Tāwhiti/Castle HillBe inspired by Kura Tāwhiti/Castle Hill, often mistaken for the real movie sets and scenes.
Minas TirithSee Middle‑earth™ come to life before your eyes in the spell-binding grandeur of Aoraki/Mount Cook.
Coming SoonNew ‘The Rings of Power’ locations will be revealed shortly.
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