|Lord of the Rings Filming Location|
We slept in this morning, relaxing and reading this morning. At 2pm we went down to join the tour. There was only 1 bus load of 30 people on this tour this afternoon. We began by going up one of the many hills around Wellington and down a wooded path to the site where the first filming for The Lord of the Rings was done. The guides pointed out specific places along the path where certain scenes were filmed and explained how they disguised the filming by using trucks with false names so no one would know where they were filming.
|Monument Pointing to Antarctica|
The tour then continued on to the Roxy Theater, built by Peter Jackson for the Wellington community, to see a short film explaining the Wellington film industry Jackson founded. The films made here are mostly those requiring special effects, and the company called WETA now specializes in special effects. In addition to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, movies such as King Kong and Avatar were also made in Wellington.
We rode along the shore on our way back to the ship. The beach is beautiful and a number of people were out there enjoying the waves. It has been a very windy day, but the bay we passed seemed protected. Our guide said that Orca whales have been sighted in this bay recently.
The Lord of the Rings movies are being shown on-demand on the ship, no extra charge. We are re-watching the first one tonight.