New Zealand is widely known as the filming site for many a Lord of the Rings films. The films were very popular, which meant that the spectacular scenery of the country was watched by millions. Looking back, the films probably did more for New Zealand’s tourism industry than any other marketing campaign and it was a great tie up between their tourism ministry and Peter Jackson (the director of LotR) who incidentally is a Kiwi.
From Queenstown, we hired a 4WD vehicle and took a morning drive to Glenorchy on the northern edge of Lake Wakatipu. Some of the LOtR filming sites are situated within the vicinity. It was another great day as the clouds cleared up and the sky was as blue as can be. The drive took just less than an hour and covered a distance of 45 kilometers as we traversed past stunning mountains in the horizon.