Haha I met a lady who actually went to NZ for the ROTK premier and she said that she was DISAPPOINTED by the scenery. I've never talked to her since. <-- Wow. I think the natural beauty is so much more extraordinary than the CGI! (Though it is very good). The Lord of the Rings felt so real.
"And Morgoth took the body of the Elven-king and broke it, and would cast it to his wolves; but Thorondor came hasting from his eyrie among the peaks of the Crissaegrim, and he stooped upon Morgoth and marred his face. The rushing of the wings of Thorondor was like the noise of the winds of Manwe, and he seized the body in his mighty talons, and soaring suddenly above the darts of the Orcs he bore the King away." - 'Of the Ruin of Beleriand,' The Silmarillion (Death of Fingolfin)