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Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Today, we are going on a nice half-day Lord of the Rings Tour with Nomad Safaris in the Wakatipu Basin called 'Safari of the Scenes'

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Nomad Safaris organizes various safaris in the Queenstown area and also has a quite impressive shop displaying all sorts of items on the movie The Lord of The Rings.

Our guide-driver Caz welcomes us on board of a massive 4-wheel drive. The journey through Middle-earth can begin!  We leave Queenstown and make our way to the famous ski field 'The Remarkables'. The road is quite steep and quickly allows us to enjoy some gorgeous views over the Queenstown area.

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Today is a very sunny day and we can observe the stunning association of emerald green rivers, steep mountains, crystal blue lakes and vast green fields. We understand why Peter Jackson particularly chose this part of of New Zealand to film some of The Lord of the Rings scenes.

Next stop: the Kawarau river, where the "the Pillars of the King" scene was filmed. Use your imagination and visualize our Heroes canoeing along the river: as you can see, the colors are not fake ;-)

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Before heading to another place, we notice that each registration plate of Nomad Safaris' 4WD has been carefully chosen in accordance with the main characters out of The Lord of the Rings.

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On the way, we make a stop in Arrowtown, a very nice flowery little town which finds its roots in the gold mining history : several buildings are dated from the 1880-90's and there is a Gold shop where you can weight your own gold!

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After a bit of rest in Arrowtown, Caz takes us for a bit of 4-wheel drive action by making her way through some quite unusual paths right in the river!

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If you have seen the movie, you will certainly remember Arwen saving Frodo at the river while being pursued by the Nazgul.

By the river we find a pleasant spot to make a halt for an afternoon tea. Nomad Safaris has planned it all and gives us all a treat with some coffee, tea and cookies. We are also told how people used to look for gold back in the day and are offered to give it a go the old way!

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We find out that at the beginning of this year (2006) someone found a nugget which was worth US$15,000 and sold it on e-bay for US$30,000...Although we almost found nothing, you might well still have a chance!

After having given up on becoming rich from gold mining, Caz takes us to the Coronet Peak ski field which is well known for attracting a lot of snowboarders over the winter season. In summer the Coronet Peak is the playground of paragliders and mountain bikers.

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To finish off the trip, we make a last stop at the very start of the Skippers road, known as one of the most dangerous roads in New Zealand despite the stunning landscapes:

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This half-day Safari of The Scenes in the Wakatipu Bassin offered by Nomad Safaris was the perfect chance to discover the Queenstown area while finding out about the different places we stopped at along the way.

No need to be a Lord of the Rings fan to enjoy this tour, whether you are looking for some breathtaking panoramic views or just a nice time out in the true beauty of the Queenstown surroundings, this tour is definitely for you!

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Nomad Safaris Queenstown NZ
PO Box 341, Queenstown, New Zealand.
Phone: +64 03 442 6699
Email: webinfo@nomadsafaris.co.nz

website: www.nomadsafaris.co.nz

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 December 2006 )
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