Video: Cows threatening New Zealand’s Lord of the Rings landscape

New Zealand’s Mackenzie Basin is famous because of the movie industry. Its iconic, brown grasslands were featured prominently in The Lord of the Rings movie, The Return of the King, and more recently, in A Wrinkle in Time.


But those landscapes are changing.

And ecologists blame New Zealand’s booming dairy industry, which they say is transforming the naturally arid MacKenzie region — that ‘Gondorian’ gold — into green pasture, according to a report by Vice News.