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Scoop Images: Lord Of The Rings Country

More images from Norman MacKay the environs of Lake Ohau, the most beautiful mountain village in the world, and the location of several Lord of The Rings location shoots.


“On the western edge of lake Ohau, looking across to the Dobson valley at the northern end of the lake.”


“As you approach the first big waterfall at about 1500 metres looking up Freehold Creek.”

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