The remote, vast grasslands, and forests, stunning snowcapped mountains and clear blue, often dramatic skies make Ben Ohau a perfect backdrop for film locations. Close proximity to Twizel township and the main state highway mean locations are accessible with cafes, accomodation and resources close by.
Ben Ohau Station played host to the largest scene in The Return Of The King, The Battle Of Pelennor Fields in Tolkien’s epic trilogy THE LORD OF THE RINGS. In the Spring of 2000 and boasting the biggest day of filming with over 1000 cast and crew and over 280 horses on site; Director Peter Jackson staged the huge climactic battle in the War of the Ring where Sauron’s Orc armies clashed with the men of Rohan and Gondor. Other scenes filmed on site include The Fall of Osgiliath and The Sacrifice of Faramir, The Ride of The Rohirrim, The Nazgul and his Prey, The Sheildmaiden of Rohan, The Battle Of Pelennor Fields and The Victory of Minus Tirith.
Other significant movies to note:
John Maclean’s Slow West produced by Film4 Productions, starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-Mcphee and Ben Mendelsohn, October 2013. Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey and Reece Witherspoon, January 2017