Paradise forest is only a 45-min drive from Queenstown. It played home to the Lothlorien Forest in the Lord of the Rings films, offering mossy glades and a light-filled canopy.
My favorite parts about “The Battle of Five Armies” were the moments where you could clearly see that we were looking at New Zealand. That it wasn’t done in post, it wasn’t CGI, it was the beautiful, incredible creation of Mother Nature in all of her splendor. - Evangeline Lilly, on filming THE HOBBIT trilogy