November 12, 1999
The Ring Heads South
The government has given permission for the company shooting
The Lord of the Rings trilogy to film on several areas of conservation land in the South
Conservation minister Nick Smith says Three Foot Six Ltd has
been granted consents for filming in the Mt Owen area near Murchison, the Wakatipu basin
near town, the Te Anau area and Fiordland.
"The South Island is home to some of the most
spectacular scenery in the world, and will make a wonderful backdrop for the Lord of the
Rings," Dr Smith says.
"It`s easy to imagine walking into a forgotten corner of
Fiordland and coming across characters from the book."
Lord of the Rings producer Tim Sanders says the company is
excited about moving south for filming.
"The dramatic scenery of these wonderful natural
locations will be ideal for this film," he says.
"It`s one of the reasons we chose to film the trilogy in
Nick Smith is confident the filming won`t have a detrimental
effect on the conservation areas involved, and on-site monitoring will be conducted.
The first of the Lord of the Rings trilogy will be released
by New Line Cinema at the end of next year.