Wellington, New Zealand

Hutt River Trail feat. Lord of the Rings Sites

The Hutt River Trail is located about 30 minutes northeast of Wellington and runs for 18 miles (29 km) along the Hutt River. This flat, paved trail features two sites where The Lord of the Rings was filmed. Beginning in Harcourt Park, you will find the site of Isengard, the ancient Gondorian fortress at the southern end of the Misty Mountains, facing Rohan. As you continue along the river, you will find the site for The Great River Anduin between Moonshine and Totara Park. Turn around once you hit moonshine park to return to the start. Be wary, this trail is notoriously unsafe after dark however.

Full Hutt River Trail map


  • 6.5 miles out-and-back
  • 163 feet
  • Harcourt Park
  • Reachable by bus