The Dominion
January 11, 2000

Battle 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.