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Subject:NZ ~ FINAL PART!!
Time:04:51 pm
Current Mood:accomplished
Anyone know what has happened to rodneyscat? Am worried.

Here is the final part of my NZ report - I'm sorry the pics are so big this time - I'd forgotten I'd upgraded my Photobucket account so the pics are much bigger - after finishing this report I attempted to reduce the size but it doesn't seem to have worked & I just can't face re-entering them all again. You can see much more detail in the big pics, of course, but they're such a pain to load and view - sorry!!

We arrived at Wellington Airport very early in the morning for our flight to Christchurch on the South Island. From there it was straight onto a plane for the short flight to Queenstown. Picked up our new car and drove to the hotel. If only I’d know that this was the hotel mentioned on the dvd where they used the squash court for filming some Frodo & Sam scenes. Then it was known as the Coronet Plaza but has now been renamed the Coronet Alpine. It was a huge, rambling place – very comfortable.

Entrance to hotel


Forecourt of hotel


View opposite hotel


Our bedroom window


View from window


View from the restaurant


We decided to have a very relaxed day on the Sunday, just savouring the sights and the atmosphere, mooching round the shops and sitting by the lake.

I understand why Elijah said Queenstown was his favourite place in NZ – its so beautiful


This is where we had our lunch on the Sat & Sun


Fish & Chips NZ style!!






At all times during the day there were people flying through the air!!


The Mall : This is where Lij, Dom & Billy had Sunday lunch the day after the Queenstown Ball in July 2000. Sean & Christine had gone shopping. Later the three guys went snowboarding in The Remarkables – the beautiful mountains that surround Queenstown
















I had wanted to see Milford Sound – I remembered Lij talking about taking a boat trip on the lake and seeing dolphins following them. But it was an 8 hour return drive so we settled for half way and on Monday drove to Te Anau which is described as ‘The Gateway to Fjordland’ where Milford & Doubtful Sounds are. Its difficult to imagine it snowing in this place which is, of course, what happened to the LOTR cast & crew when they were trying to film the Midgewater Marshes here. That was when Viggo took his beautiful pics of Elijah & Dom in the snow which later appeared in one of his art exhibitions.

I couldn’t stop taking pics here, it was breathtaking, and its difficult to choose just a few to post , but here goes:

























On Tuesday we had to say goodbye to Queenstown and start driving back down the South Island. We stayed one night at Lake Tekapo – the vivid blue of the lakes in NZ has to be seen to be believed.


I don’t think any LOTR filming was done here, but the Church of the Good Shepherd is mentioned in the LOTR Locations Guidebook.


The next day we made our way to Christchurch & spent one night there at the Pavilions Hotel. It’s a nice place but our hearts were not in it – we resented finding ourselves back in a city when we’d experienced Paradise on Earth. I believe the area surrounding Christchurch is beautiful but we didn’t get to see it. I’d been unwell during the previous night and didn’t feel like doing much. We took a few pics and then found a little park to spend the time until it was time to drive to the airport.









It was over. Two weeks had gone by in a flash. Although I felt that we’d managed to see a lot of the country in the short time we had, we could have done with so much longer. Usually by the end of a holiday, even when I’ve enjoyed it, I’m ready to come home. But not this time. I really did not want to leave. I loved this place, the scenery, the people, the lifestyle. And to see so many places where our beloved films were made was icing on the cake. I cling to the hope that perhaps some time in the future we may be able to return.

THE END
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ex_salwood
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Time:2005-05-30 07:00 pm (UTC)
Dutch is fine!
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-30 08:35 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear she's ok:)
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_grievousangel
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Time:2005-05-30 07:03 pm (UTC)
Beautiful photos, thank you, and you went to Te Anau - lucky thing!

D_E is fine, just taking a bit of a break to Do Some Thinking.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-30 08:41 pm (UTC)
I remember always wondering what Te Anau was like whenever I saw it written at the bottom of that lovely pic - now I know that its very, very beautiful. Glad to hear D_E is ok:)
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nou_moe
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Time:2005-05-30 07:10 pm (UTC)
Friends of mine are moving to New Zealand this summer; I can see why!

And I'll be back with the D_E journal soonish :D
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-30 08:49 pm (UTC)
Aha!! There you are:D I didn't realise you had another LJ - it felt so strange to see your name deleted & it set me thinking, there are so few names left that were around when I started this journey but it seems like you have always been there!! I remember when we were both members of the Adult Elijah group which was the first group I ever joined, I think you may have been one of the few people who actually joined before me!! I hate to see familiar names disappear & for a moment there you had me worried!! So glad you're ok:)
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mother2012
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Time:2005-05-30 11:02 pm (UTC)
Now I don't remember the name from that group. What name was used?
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-31 01:21 pm (UTC)
DE was still Dutch Eowyn in that group & I was known as Faculty99.
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mother2012
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Time:2005-05-31 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I remember yours well enough. Funny I don't remember Dutch from there at all.
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lisabellex
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Time:2005-05-30 07:27 pm (UTC)
Beautiful photos. What exquisite scenery. How I wish I could go visit, too. So pleased you had the opportunity.

Thank you for sharing.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-30 08:51 pm (UTC)
So glad you enjoyed the pics - I do hope you will have a chance to visit NZ yourself one day:)
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mews1945
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Time:2005-05-30 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos of your time in NZ. It looks like such a peaceful place to spend time. I can understand why you did not want to leave. Even the cities are lovely, and the lake scenes look like paradise must be. I loved looking at all your pictures and reading your commmentary.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-30 08:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed the pics - it was a memorable experience & I'm so glad that I can now appreciate just why Lij & the others adore NZ so much:)
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ladysunrope
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Time:2005-05-30 09:47 pm (UTC)
thank you for these.

Funny I was talking to a friend about NZ and we both feel the same now we are back...as if we grieve for the place...we actively miss it because it made such a big impression.
I loved Queenstown -went up the cable car to have dinner in that restaurant at the top of the cliff , saw where they filmed the refugees from Edoras bit, and Aragorns fall. Te Anau was beautiful, such a lovely place. I preferred Wellington to Christchurch. Preferred Wellington to Auckland too.

I wonder should I post my pics -I never have and we did get some lovely ones.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-31 01:29 pm (UTC)
Oh PLEASE post your pics - I'd really love to see them & I'm sure everyone else would too. "as if we grieve for the place" ...I feel exactly the same, I think I will always grieve for it. Its such an exquisite place anyway, but all the LOTR connections make it so special. I also much preferred Wellington to Christchurch & Auckland - it seemed to have a completely different atmosphere.
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peripety
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Time:2005-05-30 10:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you, once again, for sharing your truly beautiful pictures. I can perfectly understand why you did not want to leave such a wonderful place.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-31 01:30 pm (UTC)
So glad you enjoyed the pics:)
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lilithlotr
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Time:2005-05-31 02:12 am (UTC)
I spent a day in Christchurch - no disrespect to it, but you really didn't miss anything important.

Did you walk through the courtyard area of the hotel the actors used in Te Aneu? It looked to me like that's where Vig shot those Lijah photos.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-31 01:38 pm (UTC)
"Did you walk through the courtyard area of the hotel the actors used in Te Aneu?

No, we didn't - do you remember the name of it? I'd loved to have seen it.
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lilithlotr
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Time:2005-06-01 02:09 am (UTC)
It was something like Te Aneu Hotel and Villas - it was basically across the street from the Redcliffe Cafe
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Subject:NZ trip
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Time:2005-05-31 07:41 am (UTC)
Hi, my dear, THANK YOU so so much for sharing extraordinary beautifull pics-I am thrilled!!! It had to be unbelievable hard to leave this land and went back to home...but you have everything deep in your heart forever. NICE!!!
Allie
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-31 01:40 pm (UTC)
Hi Allie! Glad you like the pics - & its true, I will always have those wonderful memories:)
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frodoholic
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Time:2005-05-31 04:46 pm (UTC)
All wouldnt open for me, *kicks dial-up* but the ones I can see are spectacular!!

You are so lucky! You have touched what I call "Sacred Ground".

Someday...
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not_alone
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Time:2005-05-31 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh thats a shame - I wish I'd thought to reduce the size of them before making that post:( 'Sacred Ground' - yes, thats a very good description!! I'm sure you'll get there one day:)
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janejanejane
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Time:2005-06-01 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH for sharing all this with us!

The pictures are absolutely breathtaking, the beauty of the place is fantastic! Still can't believe we're actually going there ourselves in a couple of months... 0_0

Don't blame you for not wanting to re-do all those pics - it must have taken quite some time to put them all up!

Thanks again for all your hard work and I do hope you return to NZ one day...
:)
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2005-06-02 12:03 pm (UTC)
Pauli I translated your tje last part report to Czech, there you can see it: http://www.fantasyplanet.cz/lotr/art.asp?id=1240 as usually. In comments somebody write: "I am moved to tears from the end of this report, thank you so much for sharing your everlasting experience!"
:o) and I am thankfull so much too, A
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not_alone
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Time:2005-06-02 12:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you Allie - its lovely to know that visitors to that site are enjoying my pics:)
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bagendbabe
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Time:2005-06-10 11:30 pm (UTC)
It must have been very hard to leave. Again, what wonderful photos, what a beautiful place. So pristine and sparkling.

And what Dar says about "sacred ground" ... so true.

What place could ever be as special as where the filming of our beloved story unfolded?
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