The location for the Dimholt road (leading to the Paths of the Dead) in the Lord of the Rings movie; the return of the king, was the Putangirua Pinnacles in the Wairarapa.
The pinnacles is an example of Badlands, a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rock have been extensively eroded by wind and water.
Badlands apparently got its name from the fact that is was difficult to cross, i.e. bad land to travel across.
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The North Island of New Zealand has three mountains over 2,000 meters of which all three are volcanoes.
- Mt Ruapehu (2,797 metres)
- Mt Taranaki or Mt Egmont (2,518 metres)
- Mt Ngāuruhoe (2,287 metres)
Because of it’s resemblance to Mount Fuji, Mt Taranaki was used as the backdrop for the film, The Last Samurai.
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