Flashpacking New Zealand with Stray – Days 7 & 8 – Wellington

The Lord of the Rings tour in Wellington.

The Lord of the Rings tour in Wellington shows clips of the films in the locations where they were filmed.

Today was taken up with the “Ultimate Lord of the Rings Tour” put on by Movie tours in Wellington.  From 10:30 – 6:30 it was all Lord of the Rings, all of the time.  The rain stayed away for most of the day, but we got caught in a downpour toward the end of the first half while touring “Rivendell”

The 2nd half of the tour was much more interesting than the first, with a visit to the Weta Cave, a small shop/museum where you can see some examples of the work Weta has done on various movies.  For the hardcore LOTR fan, you’ll probably enjoy the Ultimate tour (both morning and afternoon sections) but for the casual traveler, I’d stick with the afternoon and perhaps spend your morning at Te Papa.

Lord of the Rings Reenactment during the tour in Wellington.

Lord of the Rings Reenactment during the tour in Wellington.

We took a quick break after the tour before getting together to cook a group meal.  I got in a bit of work before a knock on my door started off movie night.  We watched Rango and a bit of youtube before calling it a night.

Stray Day 8

The remnants of Mambo’s bus met up in the morning for a three-hour walking tour of Wellington, which included Courtney St., Cuba Street, and the Harbor, amongst other things.  I cut out early and headed to the Department of Conservation office, or  “The Doc” as they call it here.

Plimmer Statue is dedicated to the "father of wellington".

Plimmer Statue is dedicated to the “father of wellington”.

The DOC has information on, and does all the bookings for, the national parks and great walks throughout the country.  I went in to check on the status of the Routeburn track, a great walk I’ve been planning on doing just outside of Queenstown.  High snow levels and avalanche danger have closed the upper portions of most of the great walks, so we discussed day-walk alternatives while I’m in that area.

I retired to my room after the DOC and spent the early afternoon catching up on some television dramas from back home.  Five of us then headed out to The Library, a cool themed bar on Courtney Street.  A nice scotch and some shared dessert helped finish off our time in Wellington.  We stopped for one more beer and met up with some of the new bus before calling it a night.

Accommodation: Base Hostel Wellington
Activities: “The Ultimate LOTR Tour”, Stray Day Tour, The Library

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The above is posted from the road during the middle of a month long trip through New Zealand with Stray.  If you don’t know who stray is, read the intro to the trip with stray or check out their website.

In an attempt to give you an idea of what the trip is like I’ll be posting like I was writing a journal, but with some practical information in case you want to follow in my footsteps.

DISCLOSURE: I HAVE RECEIVED A DISCOUNTED TOUR PACKAGE  WITH STRAY BUT WILL MAINTAIN AN HONEST OUTLOOK AND PASS ALONG BOTH THE GOOD AND THE BAD AS ACCURATELY AS I CAN.