The LOTR Movie Site
April 6, 2000New
Set Construction in Waioru
Set construction is due to start on or around
Monday 10 April in the Rangipo desert in the Waioru army training area. The area
designated Zone 1 lies between state highway 1 and Mt Ruapehu, about five minutes north of
Waioru and is used by both Army and Airforce as a High Explosive weapons live
Army ammo techs and airforce armourers will carry out range
clearance operations this week once the RNZAF has finished using the targets for bombing.
The aim is to clear all old munitions and targets from the area before the film crew
Personnel from the production company were on site today (4
Although only speculation, the area suggests itself to
be used for the approaches to Mordor, or possibly scenes within mordor itself? Mt Ruapehu
could be Mt Doom, time will tell.