The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Filming Locations

The company travels through a sinister forest where they must escapes spiders and elves and rapids before they can continue on towards the Lonely Mountain.

Part of the Middle Earth saga
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was filmed in Queenstown in New Zealand.
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Te Anau Downs Station


The company runs through a field of flowers and over a stream on their way out of the Misty Mountains.

Source: Production Guidebook

Edge of Mirkwood

The Company enters Mirkwood through the Elven Gate and Gandalf rides off to the High Fells. Most of the scene was reshot in the studio, but some shots of the original location can still be seen.

Source: Appendices


Canaan Downs

Woods near Beorn's House

The dwarves run from a bear through the woods and across a field before escaping into Beorn's house.

Source: Appendices


Paradise Hillside

Beorn's Place

The company runs from a large bear and take safe refuge inside the house of Beorn the shape changer.

Source: Production Video #5

Passburn Valley

Wildlands Hilltop

The company rides over a hilltop on their way to Mirkwood after leaving Beorn's house.

Source: Location Guidebook


Aratiatia Rapids

Forest River

More shots of the dwarves floating down the river in barrels. Filming was synchronized with dam releases.


South Slope of Niger Peak

Path to the High Fells

Gandalf hikes up a hillside on his way to the High Fells.


Organ Pipes

High Fells

Gandalf climbs a perilous staircase up to the tomb of The Nine.

Source: Production Guidebook

Earnslaw Burn

Below the High Fells

Gandalf talks to Radagast after confirming that The Nine had been freed.

Pelorus River (at Pelorus Bridge)

Dock on Forest River

After escaping the orc pursuit, the company leaves the river and takes a short rest on the shore where they are confronted by Bard.

Source: Production Video #5


Aorere River near Salisbury Falls

Forest River Outflow

Tauriel tracks the ocrs to the place where the Forest River flows into the Long Lake and is joined by Legolas.

Source: Production Guidebook


Rock & Pillar Range

The Desolation of Smaug

The company hikes across the desolate landscape left by Smaug.

Turoa Skifield

The Long Valley

The company searches for the location of the hidden door into the mountain which Bilbo eventually locates.

Source: Production Video #5