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Lord of the Rings and an Old Time Steamship

Full days, Full bellies and Full hearts

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Hello from beautiful New Zealand,
The day was listed as a free day, but we filled it up anyways. We can sleep when we’re dead, right? The lake was so pretty this morning.


After another delicious breakfast, we were ready to head for our adventure of the morning. I have to say, I could get used to eating a nice breakfast each morning if someone cooked it for me. Lol. We walked to our meeting point and met up with 7 others for our drive on the road to Glenorchy. Our driver was actually an extra on the set and can be seen as one of the women refugees heading to Helms Deep. She knew her stuff, had met Peter Jackson and all of the main characters. We learned all about the filming process and how they made all three films at the same time over 1 1/2 years. Once again I will give just a taste as there is so much to share. She showed us pictures of the scenes and then we looked at the backgrounds right in front of us. The tour included a second breakfast. Here are some of the filming sites. IMG_3050.jpegIMG_0961.jpegIMG_1053.jpegIMG_0962.jpeglarge_IMG_0943.jpegIMG_3057.jpegIMG_2943.jpegIMG_3059.jpegIMG_1051.jpeg

Another part of the tour included us participating in a sword fight. Haha we have to warn you that it is a little cheesy but the swords were replicas of those used by Aragon, Frodo, and Gondolf to name a few.


i want to share a few pics from our drive back. We were listening to the soundtrack from the movies as we drove. Some of the people in our group had never seen any of the movies. They all said they were gonna watch them when they returned home.


What a fun morning. The black swans were a rare treat. We returned home and got nice hot showers. We ate a quick lunch and then it was too quickly time to get ready for the steamship adventure. We arrived at our destination after about a 40 minute sail. We found a nice heated seat right outside the coal ovens. Our meal was a buffet on a sheep farm. Then we were treated to a sheep shearing and a dog herding demo. It reminded me of the movie, Babe. Here’s a smakeral…

Weren’t the flowers pretty at the farm? This was a working steamship so I got a few pics from the way home too.


The sun doesn’t set here until 8:54pm so we had time for a walk through the Queenstown Gardens before completing our day. Tomorrow we don’t have to have our bags ready to go until 8 am. We will be saying goodbye to Queenstown. I will leave you with a few pics of the gardens. G’ night

Posted by brendagerber07 07:58 Archived in New Zealand

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Looks like so much fun! ❤️

by Susan Tumey

I love the sword fight!

by KIm

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