Day 3 of the Red Carpet Lord of The Rings Tour takes us on a journey from the Powderhorn Chateau in Ohakune to windy Wellington, with stops at the filming location of Erebors’ secret entrance, Gollums’ fishing pools and a tranquil stop for afternoon tea.
After dancing on the tables at the Powderhorn Chateau, we depart and head for Erebor, a location used in the Desolation of Smaug. Its an underrated location in my book, I hadn’t really considered it as a contender for the top spots. But thats what makes Red Carpet Tours so special, they think of the locations that are easily forgotten, yet still breathtaking.
Id like to say we had an on foot adventure up the mountain, like Bilbo and the dwarves. However, I don’t think we would have made it. It was a significant climb to Erebor and wow I am glad we got to just sit back, take in the views and let the coach do all the hard work. It did well to make it to the top, thanks to our trusty driver. As we got to the top we saw the peak of the mountain, we all clambered out of the coach and into the bitter wind of Erebor.
The views were incredible. So cold and windy, yet the sky was so clear and the sun was shining bright, reflecting off of the pristine white snow laying peacefully on the tops of the mountain. We were all a little shocked at how they managed to film in this location, given how windy it was! It makes you realise just how much work, time and effort goes into a movie.
It was in this spot, the dwarves and Bilbo ventured to find the hidden door into Erebor to regain what was taken and now inhabited by Smaug! We had a short stop on the mountain and took in the incredible views, then hopped back onto the coach, into the warm and out of the wind.
Again, even if you are not a huge Hobbit or Lord of The Rings Fan, this place is incredible and the tour is just perfect. You get to see some of the most exceptional sights and get a real taste of the beauty of New Zealand. The photo opportunities are endless!
Its also a pretty cool feeling to know you are standing right were filming has taken place. Once there was a film crew right where we were now standing, and that exact location had given inspiration for one of the most anticipated movies ever. Its a double whammy, getting to see the real New Zealand and getting to witness and appreciate their pride in the fact both The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit were inspired greatly by their country and outstanding landscapes. It is the real middle earth! The magic of that feeling was not lost for the entirety of the tour.