NewsWire: Rain Disrupts LotR Production - The Otago Daily Times


"Shooting was also delayed in the Kahurangi National Park earlier this week because of heavy rain."
From The Otago Daily Times:


Rain affects production of fantasy film
By Dave Smith
31/8/2000

Wanaka: Multi-million dollar production Lord of the Rings has been hit by a twist in the filming plot but this time it was the weather and not the script writers.

Filming was scheduled to take place at secret locations around Wanaka this week but the rain last weekend forced nearly 80 crew and actors and 44 horses to be transported each day to Queenstown.

Publicity department spokeswoman Melissa Booth said it was ironic water had affected the company's filming plans.

During the near record floods last November, many of the crew had to forego filming and help with flood protection and clean-up.

"We were all set to go [in Wanaka] but, due to the condition of the location, we were unable to shoot and had to transfer the location to Queenstown."

Shooting was also delayed in the Kahurangi National Park earlier this week because of heavy rain.

Ms Booth said most of the shooting by one of the second film units this time was near rivers and trees to get the "Middle Earth" tones.

Nearly all the 80 staff were staying in Wanaka and Cromwell while the horses were being stabled at the Cromwell racecourse.

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