The Southern Alps, which stretch for 550 km from Blenheim to Fiordland, provided a stunning backdrop for filming the Lord of the Rings. In many cases, helicopters were required to fly crew and cast to shooting locations. This scene shows the mountains above Glenorchy, which sits at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu. Whilst in the South, you can casually walk some of the world's best tracks or find a vast array of thrill-seeking activities like jet boating, rafting, bungee jumping and heli-skiing.
Image Courtesy of New Zealand Tourism/Peter Morath