Hobbit Film Location near Twizel?

So will there be another Middle-earth location for the Hobbit films near Twizel? Peter Jackson latest update does mention the Mackenzie Country (where Twizel is located) and remote locations below Mount Cook. Jackson has been seen here earlier in the year and we know of requests for a particular location near Twizel.

Currently, Jackson and a crew of about 17 are in the South Island looking for a number of locations to be used in the next scheduled block of Hobbit filming starting in early September. I did spot what Lake Pukaki and Lake Benmore from the footage of them scouting in helicopters, some footage looks like it could be filmed in conservation parks near Twizel. Much of the footage has that very distinct Central Otago look to them as well as the Glenorchy area.

Looking over Lake Pukaki and the Mackenzie where Peter Jackson has indicated they will be filming locations for the Hobbit Movie

Jackson mentions that many of the locations have not been used before and are quite remote which brings about some logistical issues as they have to allow for up to 2 rugby fields worth of space for the equipment needed for filming the Hobbit movies at each location. Imagine travelling with that amount of equipment!

So perhaps if you are visiting the South Island in July and you spot a group of helicopters flying around you might just be seeing Peter Jackson investigating locations for the Hobbit movies near Twizel.

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