A cliff face in this popular surf spot along Wellington’s rugged South Coast was used for Dunharrow in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and filming for King Kong’s Skull Island also took place at Lyall Bay.
The Lord of the Rings stars Billy Boyd (Pippin) and Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) learned to surf here, with Mortensen famously having to be shot as a right-to-left profile for the Balin’s Tomb sequence after a run in with his surfboard.
Maranui Café is one of Wellington’s most popular cafes, with cast and crew from The Hobbit movies enjoying its world famous in Wellington menu.
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