The Lord of the Rings

Destination film plot

The Plot

Peter Jackson’s trilogy based on the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien showcases the epic fantasy adventure of a Hobbit’s journey to destroy the “one ring to rule them all”. One of the most heavily-researched book adaptations and longest film trilogies of all time, The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King) has also seen the creation of The Hobbit trilogy as a prequel.

Destination film statistics

Film Released

2001, 2002, 2003

Film Released

$2.91 billion (combined)

Filming Locations

New Zealand

Destination Landmarks and Locations

Landmarks and Locations

  • Tongariro National Park – The land of Mordor
  • Matamata – Hobbiton
  • The Putangirua Pinnacles – The Paths of the Dead
  • Mount Sunday – Edoras
  • Mount Victoria, Wellington – Hobbiton Woods
Destination why you should visit

Why You Should Visit

The films are jam-packed with beautiful panoramic scenery and memorable scenes that make visiting New Zealand a must-do for any die-hard Lord of the Rings fans. Not to mention, a brand-new TV series comes out in 2019.

Destination Film Facts
  • Did You Know?

    The trilogy has brought in over $33 million (NZD) in tourism a year.

  • Did You Know?

    There has been a 50% increase in arrivals to New Zealand since The Lord of the Rings was released.

  • Did You Know?

    If you stood all the chain mail made for the movie adaptations side by side, it would stretch more than six miles.

  • Did You Know?

    To travel to New Zealand from the UK takes just over 23 hours – in this time, you could watch the trilogy twice.

  • Did You Know?

    Sean Connery was originally offered the role as Gandalf, but turned it down.

  • Did You Know?

    Most of the props and sets were designed and made in the Weta Workshop in Wellington.