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Where was The Rings of Power filmed? TV series locations revealed

Behind the scenes on The Rings of Power with Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) filming the the raft scene from episode 2.
Morfydd Clark, Charlie Vickers and The Rings of Power hard at work on-set. (Image credit: Ben Rothstein/Prime Video)

Where was The Rings of Power filmed?

Amazon's latest big-budget fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power had a lot to live up to when it came to the series’ setting. Peter Jackson's two trilogies left a lasting visual legacy, meaning Amazon's version of Middle-earth had to live up to stunning settings like the picturesque village of Hobbiton to the Misty Mountains and the foreboding Mordor.

As we have now seen, the new Prime Video saga does not disappoint, as it brings even more locations from all the far corners of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world to life in vivid detail, including the dwarven city of Khazad-dûm (before the Balrog destroyed it and it became known as Moria) and the Elvish city of Eregion.

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Where was The Rings of Power filmed?

Like its predecessors— The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies— The Rings of Power was filmed entirely in New Zealand. Filming took place throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and ran from February 2020 to August 2021 owing to multiple delays.

National World (opens in new tab) reports that a lot of internal filming took place at Kumeu Film Studios and Auckland Film Studios during production; Peter Jackson’s films were shot in facilities in Wellington, but they were being used to shoot Avatar: The Way of Water at the time.

External shots, meanwhile, were filmed on location throughout New Zealand. Some of the filming spots include popular tourist destinations like Hauraki Gulf and Tīkapa Moana, along with the beaches and forest areas of the Coromandel Peninsula plus Fiordland National Park, which is the largest of New Zealand's 13 national parks.

GoodToKnow (opens in new tab) has broken down even more of the specific places that you might spot cropping up in the new show, and a few of them are likely to be familiar to fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.  

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Where is The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 2 being filmed?  

Although we’ve still got the bulk of season 1 to look forward to, Amazon are already ready to get underway on the second season. In an interview with RadioTimes.com (opens in new tab) (from Friday, September 2), Rings of Power showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay said that they are “a couple of weeks away from starting production”.

Season 2 will likely look a little bit different from the first series, as we know that it will be breaking with tradition and filming in the UK, rather than in New Zealand. 

Variety (opens in new tab)reports that the first filming locations for the second season will include Bray Film Studios and Bovingdon Airfield will be the first production facilities used. This means the Lord of the Rings series shares a surprising connection with Dancing on Ice, as Bovingdon Airfield is home to a purpose-built ice rink that is used for the popular ITV show. 

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Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.