I got this in the mail today. Jonny over at The Realm of the Ring picked this up. Check out his site to see more pictures.
Yesterday I went and found exactly where they are building at Kaitoke
Regional Park. I arrived there and went out on to the swingbridge that runs across the river gorge. When I was in the middle I looked upriver and saw a large platform of scaffolding on a cliff face by the river. Of to the side of where I was there were a large group of people swimming in the river which I presumed were the people that were working on the set. I went down off the bridge and onto the stones next the river. From there I waded down towards the scaffolding on the cliff face. Once at the bottom of the scaffolding I looked around a bit to try find a way up the cliff. After a while I spotted a possible route and went up it. The bush was quite dense and had dead gorse bushes all over the place. When I got near the top I took a couple of photos. There was a large structure that two men using nailguns were working on. I crept around a bit more to right and right in front of me was the base of a ornate Placebo. I took a photo of it. I climbed up the side of the top part of the scaffolding. I was looking around a tree trunk when one of the guys
up on the frame looked straight at me I ducked behind the trunk again
quickly. He went back to work so I wonder if he actually saw me.
After a while I started back down the cliff. When I got to the bottom and had walked back towards the carpark a guy on a quad with a big German Sheperd dog drove towards us and said a quick “Hi” looked at me to see if I had a camera then drove down towards where the scaffolding where I had been. I noticed that there was now a guy standing up on the scaffolding.
In my opinion this is Rivendell.
I’d have to agree, looks like a great place for Rivendell.