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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.
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.
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
It was our first day in Christchurch and can think of no better way to enjoy our first evening. It was a wonderful meal with excellent wines. The tour round the city gave us lots of ideas as to what to see and do during our time there. Thoroughly recommend doing this.