Distraught at the loss of Gandalf, the remaining members of the Fellowship escape the mines and throw themselves to the ground in their grief. Filming was undertaken here for 10 days and the results are one of the most moving moments in the film.
Mt Olympus is extremely remote and can only be reached by helicopter as there are no walking tracks. Mt Olympus sprouts rocky outcrops which over time have been eroded by weather to form incredible columnar shapes.
Mt Owen showcases some of the oldest rock in New Zealand and has priceless geological properties. As you fly toward Mt Owen, a landscape of glaciated marble karst is exposed and you appreciate the size of these giant rocks. The surface is split with crevasses and sinkholes where water has left its mark.