We’ve heard that some of the film crews are getting ready to go up to the Central Plateau, the barren volcanic area in the middle of the North Island comprising of Mt. Ruapehu, Mt. Ngaruhoe and Mt. Tongariro. The Dept. of Conservation’s given the go-ahead for filming to take place there, and it was always intended as the location for Mordor. You can get a general idea of the kind of landscape it is if you go here Some of us hobbit-heads took a four-day walk around there in February.