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Why just view Ian Brodie's fine book (2004, 2011) on the filming locations of LOR - when you can immerse yourself in a wonderful full day tour from Christchurch? Mark was a very knowledgeable guide, providing not only photos and props but also a great wealth of information on New Zealand and its physical, biological, and botanical history - and importantly its social and cultural history. The weather was great (and not windy, quite unusual apparently) and we enjoyed our 14 seater 6 wheel drive vehicle to Mt Potts station , and subsequently our 200m walk to the peak of Mt Sunday - home to King Theoden's (golden) hall. (Yes, apparently gold leaf was used in crafting the temporary set). Attempts were made by my fellow travellers to wield The Sword, but I contented myself with carrying Sting back from the summit to our vehicle parked at the base. It did not glow blue - to my relief. Helm's Deep was identified, across the plain/'river'; and the snow retreating from the mountain caps. Yes!
The on line booking was flawed as I have an apostrophe ' in my surname that the web page didn't accept. I tried to make the booking on my iPhone but it appeared to not go through. I then made another booking direct to the tram company and then discovered I had been charged twice, although I didn't receive any confirmation email from GYG. I then had to get the tram company to sort it out, which they did in the end but was a hassle. I then had issues with the mobile ticket. Had to load the app then it wanted me to sign up then it wouldn't accept the access codes emailed to me. So ended up having to go back to the car to get the paper copy, which luckily I had printed out.
Hassle-Free (HF) proactively reached out to me once the purchase was done to arrange pick up and all. Then, i was already pretty wow-ed by the service. It was a rainy morning that day and to play safe, i emailed HF to confirm if the tour was a go since i had some events cancelled due to the weather. They were prompt in their responses. Gaike was our guide that day, very attentive and friendly. We had an amazing time that day at Edoras. Lol. The weather was perfect.. the group cohesive. Thanks Gaike, for taking us out.
Both myself and my friend booked this dinner tour after going through the reviews online... when we experienced it for ourselves, the experience blown us away. Its truly like no other at the moment, tram_ing around christchurch city and having good food & wine. Sure there are constructions going on and such but the experience is one that i will remember a long long time. :)
Will be recommending to others (local and visitors) as a unique and informative experience. Great tram driver, friendly with a touch of humour. Loved the options of all day, on/off experience. Worked well for both my grandson and me as the tram provided an easy link between the wonderful Margaret Mahy playground and the Museum, gardens, Art Centre etc, etc. Thank you