Realm of the Ring
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The Realm of the Ring
June 18, 2000

Wairapa Filming
Jonny Grindlay

Yesterday I went up to Carterton to see if I could spot any filming.

I found out that due to the good weather they were using an area just north of Featherston. The were two JAMB signs pointing up two driveways next to each other. One very very long looking driveway headed up towards a rather expensive homestay place and the other going to a private property.

Back down the road there was another driveway that had a cottage that you could hire for a night or so, this driveway angled back and ran parellel to the driveway that LOTR are using. The sign also said that the cottage was 1.8km from the road.

So we headed down this driveway that ran parellel to the LOTR driveway and watched through the trees as we drove along I saw cones every here and there. At about 1.5km (on our driveway) there was like a checkpoint kind of setup(on the LOTR driveway) and then their path headed out into a paddock.

I didn't spot any stars or any filming.

Then I went to Carterton to try find the Clareville Showgrounds set and noticed that your picture of the Showgrounds was incorrect or that the park looks a heck of a lot different from above than it does from normal seeing level.

There was no sign at all of any LOTR set or people invlolved with LOTR.