We Found Paradise

After a morning of relaxing in the camper we headed off to our Ride of the Rings tour. A short bus trip along Lake Wakatipu provided beautiful scenery to prepare us for our most excellent adventure. IMG_3359IMG_3360

As we twisted and turned along the mountainside road towards our destination we were greeted with spectacular views of The Remarkables, quaint towns, and sheep as far as the eye could see.

Once we reached Glenorchy we were shuttled to the stables to get fitted with boots, helmets, and dusters. Then off we went to the paddocks to meet our horses. We all got a horse that seemed fitting for our personality. Mine was laid back and liked to eat. Caleb’s was chill. Brandon got the grumpy one (HAHAHA!) And Aidan’s was older and chill. He also had a special horse. His was one used in Lord of the Rings. He was excited to have a horse from the movies. We also saw Prince Caspian’s horse from The Chronicles of Narnia.

After our horse ride we hopped in the 4WD Land Rover and headed out to Paradise.  IMG_3446img_3447

We road through the Dart Valley along the Dart River taking in views from Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Then headed to the forest where they shot many scenes from Lord of the Rings. We got to sit in the Hobbit chair.  See the tree used as Treebeard, walk the paths of Frodo, Sam, Merri, and Pippin, and see where Uruk-hai battled it out and so much more.


All in all it was an exciting day visiting places from some of our favorite movies. I have more pictures and will update when we return home to Okinawa.


Author: Tamara Chapman

I'm a wife, mother, seamstress, photographer, and have a serious case of wanderlust.

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