So, this post will be a little different because I will have a comment under most of the photos explaining them. Just thought it would be easier that way!
We did the tour with Movie Tours because their price was better and they feed you lunch! Our tour guide, Alice, was awesome. She knew a ton about the movies, filming, and the general Wellington knowledge. She was also very funny and straight to the point - my kind of gal!
It was a two part tour (morning and afternoon) and so we just did the whole day. In the morning there were only 4 of us (Vincent being the only guy) and the afternoon was full of couples.
With out any more jibber-jabber, here are the photos! And believe it or not, there are MANY more. I just picked the best and coolest! Yay!
(side note: I'm not a LOTR total nerd, so I may not have ALL the info correct... plus it was a lot of info!!.... please feel free to correct me in the comments)
|This river was used in a deleted scene. It's where Faramir sees Boromir's dead body floating down the river. So sad, so we took a photo of us! ;) Doesn't it look all King Kong behind us?! (also shot in NZ)|
|These are in Rivendell. Such a beautiful park. Again, since Vincent was the only boy, Alice made him dress up as Legolas. The "shot" was never in the movie but this photo was used for promotion stuff.|
|Not an official symbol of NZ, but the silver fern is a widely recognized and used in NZ.|
|proof that I am taller than a Hobbit ;)|
|super cool swing bridge in the park with Rivendell|
|The Embassy Theatre - Return of the King and The Hobbit's world premieres were here.|
|In another deleted scene, Sam and Frodo are chilling in a tree right after they leave the Shire. So here ya go ;)|
|The wonderful volunters! Right behind them is the hill and "cliff" the hobbits fell down running from the farmer in the Fellowship.|
|The tree has been removed (since it was fake) but this is the "hole" that the hobbit's hid in when the Nazgul was after them. Look at Vincent's award winning performance! ;)|
|The next photo will explain! ;)|
|Ok, so that's the "spot" where the Nazgul passed while searching for the hobbits. And yes, those three boy made that awesome horse (and it was just as awkward in person as in photos)|
|ALL of the post production for the LOTR and Hobbit movies in done here.|
|Weta is the special effects company that worked on the LOTR and many other movies. This is there little shop/museum.|
|Bilbo Baggin's feet|
|Ack! The trolls!!!|
OK, so it was weird at first because it was ONLY landscapes and after doing Hobbiton it was kinda "meh" but it was still pretty good. Alice had videos and photos to help make the experience come to life. :)
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