The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Filming Locations

A young, unassuming Hobbit is forced into a dangerous mission to destroy a powerful artifact while being hunted by the forces of evil.

Part of the Middle Earth saga
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was filmed in Wellington, Queenstown, & Auckland in New Zealand.
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Whakapapa Skifield

Mordor Fields

Lands of Mordor where Isildur cuts the ring off Sauron's finger in the prologue.

Emyn Muil

At the very end of the film, Frodo & Sam walk down into the crags of Emyn Muil.

Source: DVD Commentary - Director & Writers

Arrowtown Recreational Reserve

The Gladden Fields

After capturing The One Ring, Isildur is attacked by Orcs and killed when The Ring abandons him into the Anduin River.

Source: Location Guidebook



At the start of the film, Gandalf arrives at Hobbiton, Bilbo has his birthday party, Gandalf gives the ring into Frodo's keeping, and then he convinces Frodo to leave on the adventure.

Deer Park Heights

Minas Tirith Overlook

Gandalf rides over a hill and sees Minas Tirith looming in the distance.

Source: Location Guidebook


Otaki Gorge Road

Edge of the Shire

Gandalf leads Frodo and Sam from Hobbiton at the start of their journey. Exact location is on an unknown private farm off the road.

Source: Location Guidebook


Canaan Downs

Shire Outskirts

Frodo and Sam walk out of the Shire, and later the Hobbits are led away from Bree by Aragorn.

Source: Location Guidebook

Mount Victoria Park

Road to Bree

The Hobbits fall down a hill, discover mushrooms, hide from the Nazgûl, and flee to the ferry.

Source: Location Guidebook

Dart River Valley

Wizard's Vale

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

Source: Location Guidebook

Dan's Paddock

Edge of Isengard

Gandalf rides through the woods just outside the walls of Isengard.

Source: Location Guidebook

Harcourt Park

Isengard Gardens

Gandalf travels to Isengard to meet with Saruman about the ring. Later in the film, Saruman's orcs tear down trees in the gardens.

Source: Location Guidebook


Buckleberry Ferry

The four Hobbits quickly cross the Brandywine River on this ferry while being pursued by the Black Riders. Exact location unknown.

Source: DVD Commentary - Director & Writers


Former Fort Dorset


The hobbits visit the town of Bree after escaping the Black Riders. Photos of the set can be seen on the Capital Defense website.

Source: Location Guidebook


Field near Te Anau

East-West Road

The Hobbits insist on having a second breakfast in the snow but Aragorn forces them to continue traveling. Exact location not confirmed.


Kepler Mire


The Hobbits are led by Aragorn through these marshes outside Bree.


Hilltop near Port Waikato


The Hobbits rest in the ruins of this old watchtower and are attacked by the Ring Wraiths while Aragorn is away.

Source: Appendices - New Zealand as Middle-earth

Scene 17 Vineyard

Great East Road

Arwen rides with the waning Frodo towards Rivendell while being chased by the Black Riders. Filming took place on both sides of the road.

Source: Location Guidebook


Skippers Canyon Ford

Ford of Bruinen

Ford where Arwen defeats the Nazgûl by conjuring up a flood.

Kaitoke Regional Park


After being stabbed atop Weathertop, Frodo recuperates in Rivendell. A portion of the Rivendell structures were constructed in this wooded area beside the river, including a waterfall.

Source: Location Guidebook

Hill near Wanaka

Ruins on Hill

After leaving Rivendell, the Fellowship walks around the top of a hill covered in ruins.

Source: Location Guidebook


Mount Olympus near Boulder Lake

Rocky Outcrop

Rocky outcrop south of Rivendell where the Fellowship hides from the crebain, Saruman's black crows.


Jura Glacier

Slopes of Caradhras

The Fellowship treks up towards Caradhras in an attempt to cross the Misty Mountains unseen by Saruman's agents.

Source: Location Guidebook


Mount Owen

Dimrill Gate

The Fellowship escapes through the east gate of Moria after the loss of Gandalf.


Lake Alta

Dimrill Dale

After leaving the Mines of Moria, the Fellowship passes a lake and sees the forest of Lothlórien for the first time.

Source: Location Guidebook


Paradise Forest Glade

Edge of Lothlórien

The Fellowship comes down the Dimrill Dale and enter the forest.

Source: Location Guidebook



The Fellowship walks through the outskirts of Lothlórien when they ambushed by the elves. Exact location within the forest is unknown.

Source: Location Guidebook

Amon Hen

The Uruk-Hai attack the Fellowship on the slopes above Nen Hithoel where Pippin and Merry are captured and Boromir is killed. Exact filming location within the woods is unknown.

Source: Location Guidebook



Outside Lothlórien

Shore where the Fellowship receives their gifts from Galadriel before traveling down the Anduin river.

Source: Location Guidebook

Mararoa River Swingbridge

Silverlode River near Lothlórien

The Fellowship leaves Lothlórien and floats down the Silverlode River.

Rangitikei River Confluence

Silverlode meets Anduin

The Fellowship floats from the Silverlode onto the Anduin and continue their journey south. Location not confirmed.

Rangitikei River Bend

Anduin River

The Fellowship floats past a high cliff face on their way down the river.


Waiau River

Anduin River

The Fellowship boats down the Anduin River after departing Lothlórien.

Source: Location Guidebook

Upper Hutt River (at Poet's Park)

Anduin River

After leaving Lothlórien, the fellowship travels down the river towards Nen Hithoel. Shooting here was mainly limited to close-ups.

Source: Location Guidebook

Kawarau River (near Kawarau Suspension Bridge)

The Argonath on the Anduin River

The Fellowship pass the Pillars of the Kings on the Anduin River.

North Mavora Lake

Nen Hithoel

The Fellowship camp on the side of the lake at the end of the film and Frodo & Sam eventually part with the Fellowship.

Seven Mile Point

Amon Hen

After fleeing Boromir above Nen Hithoel, Frodo falls from the Seat of Seeing and makes his decision to leave the Fellowship.

Source: Location Guidebook