Where was The Hobbit filmed: Unexpected film locations

New Zealand is one of my favourite destinations, and the premiere of the first part of the new Hobbit trilogy is the perfect excuse to go back to the land of jaw-dropping backdrops and fantastical landscapes.

To find the perfect locations, five helicopters went out to comb the islands, Apocalypse Now style. As a result, some of the selected spots are a bit out of reach for the common tourist, but also of difficult access for all the equipment and crew required for a such a large production.

Before the release of the first part of the trilogy, it was not entirely clear where The Hobbit was filmed or exactly how the locations were used. Basically, our sources were the production video blog and the map that you will find at the end. Now finally we have most of the answers, and more accurate information:

Hobbit Locations
Earnslaw Burn is perhaps the most spectacular of all the locations in The Hobbit. You will find this valley of waterfalls and melting glaciers in Glenorchy, north of Queenstown. Image courtesy of Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters


Where Was Hobbit filmed
This awesome place is set to represent the Anduin Valley of Middle-earth.
Image courtesy of New Line Cinema


The Hobbit Film Locations
We were not sure about the location of this valley, snapped from the teaser trailer.
Image courtesy of New Line Cinema


Where was The Hobbit filmed
As one of our readers pointed to, it's the Pass Burn Track on the Mavora Walkway (in the area of Queenstown, South Island), a section of New Zealand’s national walkway Te Araroa which goes across the country. Image by Glacier Fed


Hobbit Locations New Zealand
Paradise and Arcadia Station were all used as locations for the Outskirts of Bree and Beorns. It was also here that the Lothorien forest for the Lord of the Rings was filmed. Image by Hdrapprentice


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Locations
In the story, Gandalf, Bilbo and a troupe of 13 dwarves undertake a quest into the wild domains of goblins and orcs, among other affable creatures. Image courtesy of New Line Cinema


The Hobbit Filming Locations
The Remarkables are not the mortal enemies of the Expendables, but the imposing mountain range overlooking Queenstown, the so-called adventure capital of New Zealand. Image by WanderingtheWorld


Hobbit scene location
The Remarkables have already been used as a location in Lord of the Rings, and make another appearance in The Hobbit to recreate the mythical Misty Mountains. Image by Stuck in Customs


The Hobbit Movie
Some dwarves enjoying their job, this time at the top of the Treble Cone, near Wanaka.
Image courtesy of New Line Cinema


Film Locations for The Hobbit
This is the view that can also be appreciated by the skiers of the station situated in Treble Cone.
Image by Jordan Sim


The Hobbit Filming Location
Strath Taieri is a field of sharp boulders scattered around, where according to Peter Jackson, "you can shoot 360° in every direction". Image courtesy of New Line Cinema


The Hobbit Dwarves
Screen capture of the gang of dwarves in action in this area, not far from Dunedin.
Image courtesy of New Line Cinema


The Hobbit Landscapes
Nearby are The Rock and Pillar Range, acting as the Dale Hills. Filming at the top of this almost inaccessible mountain required ten helicopters to carry the whole circus up there.
Image courtesy of New Line Cinema


New Zealand Hobbit
Braemar Station and the surrondings of Lake Pukaki were used for scenery as the Shores of Laketown.
Image by Peter Nijenhuis


The Hobbit Filming
In this image, taken from a helicopter, the team does not seem to pay much attention to the azure waters of the lake. They are filming an Epic Landscape sequence, which means actors running up and down these virtually virgin lands.
Image courtesy of New Line Cinema


The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey
Now we continue north of the South Island to Canaan Downs, the same place where the hippie Luminate Festival takes place. Image by Four Footprints


The Hobbit Filming Locations
This zone around Tataka Hill has the feeling of Middle Earth printed in the character of these awesome draconian stones.
Image by Tim Parkinson


The Hobbit Movie Locations
The Pelorus river is a pleasant surprise on the road near Nelson. The -let's say- elf-green shade of its crystal-clear waters on white rocks is an appealing attraction to stop off for a swim.


Filming locations Hobbit
This river was the chosen location to throw the glorious dwarfs downstream, floating in barrels. The fierce Aratiatia rapids (in the North Island, where we are moving next) completed the sequence, this time with no cast inside them.
Image courtesy of New Line Cinema


The Hobbit Lord of the Rings
Mount Ruapehu (in the background) is very close to Ngauruhoe volcano (aka the legendary Mount Doom from LoR), both included in Tongariro National Park. Image by Andy McDowall


Peter Jackson Hobbit
This time, Peter Jackson's crew was back to make use of these landscapes’ rare and delicate textures as the Long Valley and the Lonely Mountain. Apparently they were filming near the waterfall next to the parking lot of Turoa Ski Area.


Hobbit Movie
Whoops, sorry, no Nazg├╗ls in this new trilogy.


Hobbit Landscape
To create the scene pictured here, the company may be riding their horses and ponies near Ohakune. This time we are still not sure where this frame has been filmed. In any case, it looks like scenery that is better appreciated from the air. Image courtesy of New Line Cinema


Hobbit Film
The Mangaotaki valley near Piopio is a private land of bizarre rock formations, caves, nooks and crannies that made it ideal for the Trollshaw Forest. Image courtesy of New Line Cinema


Hobbiton
We end our journey where everything starts, in Hobbiton, near Matamata. This time the friendly hobbit community has been rebuilt as a small perdurable theme park, on the same farmland where the LoR was filmed. Image by Duane Storey


The Hobbit release date
Wellington was the chosen venue for the world premiere of the first part of the movie, the 28th of November 2012.
Image by Daniel Peckham


The Desolation of Smaug filming locations
The Desolation of Smaug features a mountain looking alike the mythical Mount Cook, viewed from the lake Pukaki.
Image courtesy of New Line Cinema



This official video includes more information and great views of the wonderful places where The Hobbit trilogy was filmed.





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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I found an itinerary for the locations for The Hobbit and LOTR. Perhaps you could include this in the article.

http://www.carrier.co.uk/itineraries/indian-subcontinent-far-east-australasia/journey-through-middle-earth/

Anonymous said...

Im thinking that the 3rd picture could be Key Summit from Routeburn track.

Ra Moon said...

Bingo! Many thanks, it looks like Mt Christina of the Ailsa Range across the tarns of Key Summit. Update coming soon!

CEP Paul T said...

Been doing some homework ;-) Hope this helps. Gleaned from several sources.

"We're not sure about the location of this valley, snapped from the teaser trailer. Anyone recognize these hills?" Pass Burn, Mavora - Greenstone Walkway.

"Once more, we have no more images and we are not sure where this frame has been filmed." Kaihoka Station, Kaihoka.

Ra Moon said...

Hi Paul, many thanks for your help! We'll update it soon with new images if possible... =]

Anonymous said...

wow its a nice film.

Weng Yu Shi said...

WOW I WISH I CAN GO THERE WHERE THEY FILMED ''THE HOBBIT'' :D

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