Trying to get official information about the filming locations proved nigh-on impossible.
The filmmakers are seemingly keen to keep it all a surprise and confidentiality contracts have been signed by those involved.
But thanks to some friendly Kiwis, I did pick up plenty of clues. And anyway, many of the locations used to represent Middle Earth in Lord Of The Rings have been revisited for The Hobbit.
So I have chosen to write about The Hobbit and New Zeeland. Why? Because The Hobbit is an amazing movie and parts of it were filmed in New Zeeland ,which is a stunning country with great landscapes.
Here are some places where the filming took place:
One and maybe the most important place is Matamata. It is like a mecca for Lord Of The Rings fans.You can find here a Gollum statue and a sign which welcomes you in Hobbiton.
Glenorchy is a small settlement nestled in spectacular scenery. Glenorchy is home to Isengard (Saruman’s fortress) and the elves’ Forest of Lothlorien.
Waihou Redwoods and Putaruru were another two places.
Te Kuiti is another filming place and is located near Waitomo Caves, which is a popular tourism site to go tubing in the underground rivers and view New Zealand’s glow worms hanging from the cave ceilings above.
Long Valley and Lonely Mountains were represented by Tongarino National Park.
The Forest River scenes were filmed near Nelson at Pelorus Bridge.
For many Middle Earth spots (Misty Mountains ,Ford of Bruinen ,Isengard etc.), Queenstown was used. The scenery is very dramatic.
Other locations to be mentioned are Dunedin, Twizel and Takaka.