The Rock and Pillar Range is a rugged area of high hills and grassland located in the Maniototo Plain. It overlooks the small township of Middlemarch.
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