Lord of the Rings
Trip Start Jun 09, 2003
169Trip End Jun 02, 2007
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Where I stayed
My first night I went for a walk out to Lake Sylvan. The thing that amazed me the most was how quiet it was. Not another soul for miles and just the sound of the many different types of birds. I sat by the lake, looking at the reflection of the huge mountains in the lake.
The following day I decided to walk up some of the Routeburn Track
Next day I got my new bike out and went for a cycle along the lakeside to a little place called Greenstone, not that it could be called a place, one farm and that was it. I sat by the lake for a while before beginning the uphill cycle back.
On Wednesday I decided I'd had enough walking and cycling and decided to take the car out for a drive up to Paradise. Paradise is the area where they filmed quite a large amount of Lord of the Rings. I drove along the bumpy round, having to pull in quite a lot to let cars pass in the opposite direction, all the while trying to take in the amazing scenery
Thursday I decided to put on my walking boots again and go for another walk. This time I climbed up Mount Albert. I was warned that it was a steep climb and boy was it steep, all 1300m of it. I eventually got above the tree line and the view over the lake was fantastic, unfortunately it was a bit cloudy so I couldn't see the Routeburn Valley. I was told if I got all the way to the top I would be able to see over into Paradise. It was a very steep climb over snow and scree so I decided that I wasn't brave enough to make it right to the top and headed back down.
That night I soaked my aching muscles in the hot tub that had the most amazing views ever, I'm heading back to Queenstown tomorrow, it's gonna be sad to leave (they've actually offered me a job here) but I've decided it's time to move on again.