Jackson & Crew
February 2, 2000Lord of the Rings Crew Visits Mountain
Article Reads: Film director Peter
Jackson and his production team for LOTR have visited the Tongariro National Park to
research possible sites for filming.
Mountain Air flew the
eight-members team from Wellington where it is based at Miramar, to Turangi where they
were met by vehicles.
Mountain Air spokesman
Bruce Rollinson said after a day's touring and researching the Lord of the Rings team was
flown from National back to Wellington.
"They had planned to
look at Tokina but they found a couple of other sites they were happy with," Mr
Rollinson said, "You can say features of Tongariro National Park will be appearing in
Ironically the brush with
movie stardom hasn't opened up any opportunities with Mountain Air staff as they are all
too tall, says Mr Rollinson, with the movie featuring hobbits.
It's the second time in past
weeks Mountain Air has ferried famous passengers. The company flew world class Kiwi boxer
David Tua and trainer Kevion Barry to Great Barrier Island recently. Tua is a world
heavyweight title contender.