With the help of animation and digital retouching, the Tongariro National Park of New Zealand has become the land of Mordor in the “Lord of the Rings” saga. Visit the park and you can see the landscape used as a base to produce the Land of Mordor.
The Tongariro National Park is the oldest in New Zealand, and is the most photographed area. Its comprises volcanoes, including Mount Ruapehu and Mount Nguauruhoe, which was part of the film. It is located in the North Island, some 320 kilometers south of Auckland. Even ignoring the anecdotal data from filming The Lord of the Rings, Tongariro is an amazing place. Its landscape is sacred to the Maori, especially the area of the peaks. It is ideal for mountain walks and trekking.