Filming location in The Lord of the Rings Series

Filming Location
Hiding From The Black Rider

In the first part of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Hobbits’ thrilling hide from the black rider behind tree roots is a scene that has captivated many fans. This enthralling scene was filmed in New Zealand. Want to discover the exact filming location? Read on or click on the map pointer in the navigation area.

“I think we should get off the road. Get off the road! Quick!”

Frodo Baggins

Where did they film the “Hiding From The Black Rider” scene?

The atmospheric forest pathway where the Hobbits hide from a Black Rider is nestled in the midst of Wellington, New Zealand. The filming took place on Mount Victoria, surrounded by the vibrant city of Wellington. As the Black Rider approaches, Frodo urgently commands everyone to get off the road. They hide behind a tree and its roots, although the tree in question was actually a movie prop specially made for filming purposes.

According to, the exact location is accessible and offers a scenic view: “From the city, you can easily walk or drive up Alexandra Road to beautiful Mount Victoria. Halfway up on your left is a parking bay with a track (to the left) which drops downhill through the trees. This became the setting for the scene where the fearful hobbits listen for the Nazgul.”

Since the exact filming location might be challenging to find, guided tours are available to this iconic spot. Offers on tours to The Lord of the Rings filming locations can be found on TripAdvisor. Before choosing a tour, be sure to check if this location is included in the itinerary. If you prefer to discover it on your own, the approximate location is marked on our map.

The scene filmed at Mount Victoria:

Frodo (Elijah Wood), Sam (Sean Astin), Pippin (Billy Boyd), and Merry (Dominic Monaghan) walk a forest path when they sense danger. Frodo shouts, “<em>Get off the road, quick!</em>” They hide beneath tree roots as a Ringwraith (Black Rider) approaches, but the rider does not see them. In the presence of the Ringwraith, Frodo is almost overcome by the ring’s power, but his friends prevent him from being discovered. They escape as the Black Rider is diverted by a noise and vanishes.

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