August 8, 2009: Lord of the Rings!

South Island, New Zealand – Today we had off so we decided to rent a car and tour the land where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Unfortunately I have not yet seen the movies so I wasn’t sure what to be looking for other than a great expanse of land with beautiful vistas and mountains. I was not disappointed.

New Zealand is an amazing place! Within an hour from Methven we were tromping around the open range amongst snow-capped mountains rising approximately four thousand feet up from ground/sea level. We passed a multitude of sheep, cows, very hairy bull-like creatures, black swans, many different types of birds, and possibly hobbits-in-hiding. My pictures don’t do it justice. Then within another hour and a half we were walking along the coast next to serene ocean water that wasn’t too too cold. Just an awesome place!

New Zealand - Lord of the Rings

New Zealand - Lord of the Rings

New Zealand South Island Coast

New Zealand South Island Coast

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