Where was The Rings of Power filmed? Guide to all the Filming Locations

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The highly-anticipated Tolkien spin-off series takes place in the Second Age, thousands of years before the events that occurred in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The first season of The Rings of Power was primarily filmed in New Zealand, Lord of the Landscapes.

Galadriel The Lord of the Rings of Power

Only about a third of the show was shot on location, across 38 spots in both North and South Islands. The rest was recorded in the studios in Auckland, using plenty of CGI.

This is the most expensive show ever made, with a budget of nearly one billion dollars for the first eight-episode season.

Welcome to Middle-earth and the most detailed and complete guide to the filming locations of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. We will be updating and expanding this spoiler-free report every week as new locations are revealed!


The Rings of Power Locations

The Rings of Power locations
In the first episode, "A Shadow of the Past", we are introduced to the Harfoots community, a group of hobbits.

These scenes were filmed at Denize Bluffs in Mangaotaki valley near Piopio on the North Island.

This private land of bizarre rock formations, caves, and nooks, also doubled as the Trollshaw Forest in The Hobbit trilogy.
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Ostirith watchtower
The Ostirith watchtower overlooking the villages of Tirharad and Hordern, where Arondir has spent the last 79 years, was CGI'd onto Lake Quill.

Located in the Fiordland National Park, this spectacular lake basin is overflowing into the Sutherland Falls, with a drop of almost 2,000 feet.

This spot in the South Island was also featured in Mission: Impossible Fallout and Alien Covenant.
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Khazad-dum location
The exterior of Khazad-dûm, the underground dwarf realm, was filmed at Earnslaw Burn in Otago, north of Queenstown.

This jaw-dropping valley beneath an immense wall of waterfalls spilling down the slopes was also featured in The Hobbit. Earnslaw Burn can be visited with the helicopter flight company based in Queenstown Heliworks.

The interior of Moria, situated under the Misty Mountains in the books, was a set built on a sound stage.
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Kingdom of Numenor
The island kingdom of Numenor, a sort of Middle-Earth Venice or Atlantis ruled by Men, was also filmed at the studios.

According to production designer Ramsay Avery, the set is inspired by Egypt, the Middle East, and North African architectures with a Mediterranean touch.

The scenes with Galadriel and Halbrand in the open sea were filmed in a massive water tank. The series was recorded at Auckland Film Studios, Kumeu Film Studios, and Kelly Park Film Studios.


Where is The Rings of Power filmed
The scene in the third episode, "Adar", where Galadriel and Elendil are riding on a horse in slow-motion was filmed on Anawhata Beach, located north of Piha.

This gorgeous beach is located just one hour away from downtown Auckland, but is relatively quiet because it can only be reached by foot.
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Producer Callum Greene commented in an interview that the show was shot in several extreme filming spots including the very top of Mount Kidd, reached by helicopter, and rugged coastlines only accessible by drones.


The Rings of Power beach
The production, which employed more than 1,200 New Zealanders, is filming the second season in the United Kingdom.

Some more confirmed locations in New Zealand include the Coromandel Peninsula and the Kahurangi National Park in the South Island as Rhovanion.

Stay tuned for updates on this page as more juicy details are unearthed!

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