Every time I walk past the California Garden Centre in Miramar, Wellington, I think of the filming of Lord of the Rings.
On one of the 'making of the movie' DVDs, it's said that a scene, with riders and horses, was being filmed in a warehouse opposite the California. Apparently, there wasn't enough room for the thundering horses to slow down their wild run inside the warehouse so the main doors were opened, the gates of the California Garden Centre were thrown open too, and when the horses pell-melled it out of the building, they crossed the road still at a ferocious gallop, and only managed to be slowed down in the grounds of the garden centre.
The garden centre building was once a huge tank and is now full of plants, gifts, cafe. It's practically next door to Park Road Post, the post production film place. It's a minute or two from Weta Workshop, about fifteen minutes walk from the studio. Here's California -