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Was slightly changed from last time,however the dogs were there this Time.My 14 yo really liked patting them.
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!
There was a disconnection between the booking staff and the tour guide. The lunch was previously booked. But the tour guide was not informed.
Drivers were also good guides and very friendly. Excellent way to get around if it's wet.
We are 'locals' from Christchurch but haven't been into central city much since the earthquake. The weather on Saturday was overcast and drizzly but not cold. We found out that it worked extremely well taking our time on the trams, exploring the new shopping centrespree and enjoying a leisurely lunch before doing the last garden tour for the day. On Sunday we caught the shuttle to the Gondola and had a stunning 360° view. We finished the tour with the punting on the Avon and found it very peaceful and relaxing. Fantastic tour guides right through and a fantastic experience.