Wellington (NZ Day 2)

Today we signed up a Lord of the Ring Tour through Klook.

After pick-up from our hotel, we travel through the city center. Our guide pointed out where the red carpet for two world premieres ran down to the Embassy Theater. We make our way to the top of Mount Victoria, which was super windy and cold on that day. The trail on Mount Victoria, which also known as the “Hobbiton woods”,  is also the location  where filming began for several famous ‘The Lord of the Rings’ scenes.

Path towards the Filming site

The is the location where the famous scene where the hobbits tumble down a slope while running away from the bad guys.

After a the morning stroll in “Hobbiton woods” we make our way to Weta Studio. We took a guided tour of Weta Workshop, located in the center of Wellington’s movie industry (aka Wellywood). we explored the production facilities at the Weta Cave, where crews created the extraordinary props and makeup for LOTR and other films, including ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘District 9,’ and ‘Avatar.’

 

After the tour in the studio, we had lunch in a cafe alone Oriental Bay… we drove pass the house where, supposedly, is where Peter Jackson stay.  Talking about Peter Jackson, we actually saw Peter Jackson in his red Tesla driving around town.

After a hearty lunch, we drove an hour towards the Hutt River, where supposedly is where Aragorn was washed ashore after his battle with Sharku and the Warg riders.

After stopping at Hutt River, we visited the nearby Harcourt Park.

Harcourt Park is the location where Gandalf first goes to visit Saruman in Isengard in The Fellowship of the Ring to share his suspicions about the One Ring.

The last stop for the day is Kaitoke Regional Park.

Kaitoke Regional Park is the location where Rivendell sit. In Fact, If you search Rivendell in google map, you would be able to find your way to the site where Rivendell was filmed.

 

This one of the few Lord of the Rings locations in New Zealand with information boards to help you find the filming locations yourself.

On our way back to the city, our guide pointed out the Dry Creek Quarry where the sets of Helms Deep and Minas Tirith were constructed.

With the few hours left for the day, we ask our guide to alight us at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. We were fortunate enough to walk through the war giant sculptures, supposedly, designed and constructed by Weta.  Unfortunately, that is the only exhibit which we manage visit in the Museum, before the Museum closes for the day.

We spend the reminding evening walking in the city of Wellington, visiting Cuba Street before walking back to our hotel.

 

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