As we'd arrived at our campsite at Harcourt Park AKA "Isengard" in twilight last night, we had a wander around this morning. It is used for the scene when Gandalf arrives at Isengard to see Saruman.
|"Isengard" at Harcourt Park next to the campsite|
From here we drove into Upper Hutt for supplies before driving on to "Rivendell" or Kaitoke National Park.
|Luke at "Rivendell" at Kaitoke National Park|
|The river banks at Kaitoke National Park used in Lord of the Rings|
|"Rivendell" at Kaitoke National Park|
As we drove to our next Lord of the Rings destination we were driving towards the coast and Cape Palliser and the sun came out for us. :) The next destination was "Dimholt Road" or Putangirua Pinnacles. It was an hour walk from the car park up a wide, steep sided, flat valley riverbed. Unfortunately due to the heavy rain we had had the river was quite full and in fast flow and the path had been diverted across the river due to a big rock fall so we could get no further to "Dimholt Road" but we could just see the top of one of the pinnacles in the distance.
|The sun coming out on our drive through lovely countryside|
|The coastal road to Putangirua Pinnacles|
|An interesting rock we found|
|A strange tree branch|
|The Putangirua Pinnacles or one poking through in the distance|
|Luke examining the rock fall|
|The steep sided valley upto the Putangirua Pinnacles|
Our return trip took us to the town of Carterton where we will spend the night. On the way here there were some spectacular rainbows and sun patterns through the clouds.
|The beautiful sun through the clouds|
|The sun shining over the green fields|
|Another gorgeous sun and cloud photo|