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A group of artists painting the mountains from an area known as Paradise, north of Glenorchy near Queenstown. The mountains as all part of both Mt Aspiring & Fiordland National Park in the South Island. Part of the these mountains were the 'Misty Mountains' of the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, and the valley - digitally modified, was Isengard while the forests were Lothlorien of the movies. Scenes of the Hobbit movie were also filmed here. The area is known as Paradise & there is some conflict as to how the name came about. Some say it is named after the distinctive native paradise shelducks which are found here, others say the name came from the natural beauty of the area. Some 22 years ago I was fortunate enough to visit the Paradise area well before it was even planned to film the LoR here. We knew an earlier owner of the property and walked around - with about 30 sheep dogs that he was breeding - the forests and fields of Paradise. Unfortunately our friend had pass away some years before the Trilogy was filmed.

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  • Copyright: Neil Rawlins (Antipodean) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 159 W: 0 N: 272] (1615)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-03-10
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-05-16 14:30
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