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No Wonder Lord of the Rings' Middle-Earth Was Filmed Here

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For 18 months, the cast and crew of the Lord of the Rings trilogy filmed their scenes across the tiny island of New Zealand. In all, over 70 sites were chosen to create writer J. R. R. Tolkien's vision of Middle-earth.

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Take an epic voyage over the remote island nation of New Zealand, the last habitable landmass to be discovered on the planet. No bigger than the state of Colorado, this small country offers an incredibly diverse landscape view that changes dramatically with each mile. From snow-capped mountains to sandy beaches, and from the glacier-carved Fiordland National Park to the crater lake of Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand is a land of extremes. It's a place where fire clashes with ice and people are always pushing the limits.

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