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.
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