The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Filming Locations

Frodo and Sam are joined by Gollum in their quest to destroy the ring in Mordor. Meanwhile, Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas track down Merry & Pippin to save them from the orcs.

Part of the Middle Earth saga
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was filmed in Wellington & Queenstown in New Zealand.
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Mount Earnslaw


In the opening scene, the camera flies around the Mountains of Moria before flying inside the mines.

Source: Location Guidebook

Whakapapa Skifield

Emyn Muil

Frodo and Sam wander lost through the rocky crags of Emyn Muil and eventually capture Gollum.

Dart River Valley

Wizard's Vale

This valley was heavily digitally altered and used as the basis of Isengard.

Source: Location Guidebook



Rohan Village

Saruman sends the Hillmen to attack the villages of the Rohirrim.

Source: Location Guidebook

Kaitoke Regional Park

Fords of Isen

Éomer finds a mortally wounded Théodred in Rohan. The area is visible from the bridge near the Waterworks parking lot.

Source: Location Guidebook

Grove near Mavora Lakes

Fangorn Forest

Edge of Fangorn Forest where Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli find the mound of burnt orc bodies that Merry and Pippin escaped from.


Swamp at Tawharekiri Lakes

Dead Marshes

Aerial photography and landscape reference for The Dead Marshes. No actual filming took place on the ground.

Source: Location Guidebook

Shore near Red Rocks Walkway

The Black Gate

Where Sam and Frodo fall down the hill before the Gates of Doom and are then led away by Gollum.

Source: The Two Towers: Behind the Scenes

Mount Sunday


The capital of Rohan where Gandalf rescues King Theoden from the sway of Saruman and from where the King takes his people to the safety of Helm's Deep.

Deer Park Heights

Rohan Lake

Refugees from Rohan walk around a lake on their way to Helm's Deep.

Source: Location Guidebook

Rohan Lake

The refugees from Rohan stop for a meal on their way to Helm's Deep.

Source: Location Guidebook

Warg Attack

The refugees from Rohan are attacked by Orcs on wargs while on their way to Helm's Deep.

Source: Location Guidebook

Hill above Helm's Deep

The Rohirrim refugees come down a hill across from Helm's Deep.

Source: Location Guidebook

Mangawhero Falls

Ithilien River

Gollum catches some fish in an alpine river on the road south from the Black Gate.


Forest Clearing (near Mangawhero River)

Clearing with Pillars

Frodo and Sam walk through a clearing with pillars after leaving the Black Gates.

Source: Location Guidebook

Twelve Mile Delta

Ithilien Camp

Where Frodo, Sam, and Gollum witness the battle between Faramir's Rangers and the men of Harad.

Havelock River

Helm's Deep

The people of Rohan hold up in Helm's Deep and fight Saruman's orcs army.

Source: Location Guidebook

Dry Creek Quarry

Helm's Deep

The soldiers and refugees from Edoras take cover inside this ancient fortress and hold off the attacks of Saruman's orcs in the Battle of the Hornburg.

Upper Hutt River (at Gemstone Drive Reserve)

Rohan River

Aragorn washes ashore after being swept away during the battle with the Wargs and is woken the horse Brego.

Source: Location Guidebook

Waitarere Forest

Ithilien Wood

Frodo, Sam, and Gollum walk through the forest at the end of the film after leaving Faramir at Osgiliath.

Source: Location Guidebook


In her vision of the future, Arwen wanders through the woods of Lothlórien after the death of Aragorn.