Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Day 19 - Sunday 24th June - Glenorchy

As it's the winter festival in Queenstown (where we stayed last night) the local Anglican church hosted a Worship for Winter event as their service this morning which we went too. It felt quite strange as we associate winter with Christmas and singing Christmas carols but they have their own themed winter worship songs.

After church we visited the arts and crafts market before going on a Lord of the Rings Hogan special tour!! The official tours are very expensive.

We headed out of Queenstown towards Glenorchy, first stopping off at Twelve Mile Delta. At Twelve Mile Delta we saw "Ithilien" where Smeagol catches coneys and Frodo, Sam and Smeagol watch the battle from the cliff top.

View of the snow capped mountains from Twelve Mile Delta

The cliff where Frodo, Sam and Smeagol watched the battle - Twelve Mile Delta

Twelve Mile Delta

Twelve Mile Delta

We continued to Glenorchy where the "Misty Mountains" are a backdrop over the village.

 
Glenorchy

Glenorchy and Lake Wakatipu

Past Glenorchy we headed towards a place named Paradise where one can see scenes of "Isengard".

"Isengard" near Paradise, Glenorchy

A bird of prey we drove past

Mountains near Glenorchy

Views of Lake Wakatipu on return to Queenstown from Bob's Cove

Views of mountains near Bob's Cove
We headed back to Queenstown where we equipped ourselves with ski passes and equipment for a day of skiing tomorrow :)

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