January 11, 2000Battle Station
A fortress, believed to be a set for The Lord of the Rings
film trilogy, takes shape in a quarry on Haywards Hill, near Lower Hutt.
The set, visible from State Highway 2, could be for scenes
involving the battle at Helm's Deep. A miniature of the fortress has also been built for
Peter Jackson's $360 million trilogy.
Filming is being spread among Wellington, Queenstown, Waikato
and other areas.
Producer Tim Sanders said he could not confirm details about
sets and filming locations.
A multiple-crew setup allowed scenes to be shot in more than
one place simultaneously. Filming was on schedule for completion by December.