Glenorchy; Paradise - Isengard, Lothlorien and Amon Hen

Glenorchy, Otago
Glenorchy; Paradise - Isengard, Lothlorien and Amon Hen
The small township of Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakitipu is a gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park with its rugged mountains, magical beech forests and the clear waters of the Dart River. The beautiful scenery of the area provides some of the most memorable locations of the films. Peter Jackson, describing the forest home of the Elves said, 'We wanted a forest with lots of moss, ancient old logs covered in moss and a leafy forest floor'. He found that at the appropriately-named Paradise.

Jane Campion set and shot her thriller television mini series 'Top of the Lake' here.

You can explore the area yourself by car and on foot, or take a guided tour. Horse treks, canoeing and jet-boating on the river are great ways to explore this region of Middle Earth.

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