The Clutha River is known for its gold-rush history and swift waters. It flows from Lake Wanaka in the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean south-west of Dunedin. This pictured section is located close to the Central Otago town of Alexandra.
With the variety of landscapes of such an awesome nature, and the opportunity to involve talented Kiwis in a major production, it was the only way to go. - Sir Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy