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Our trip to New Zealand : Glenorchy

The day we went to Glenorchy was one of our our absolute favourites and truly made us want to stay longer and explore the spectacular south island even further. It felt like another world altogether. Low-lying clouds obscured the peaks of the mountains that rose dramatically from the edge of an impossibly blue lake, pretty wildflowers grew alongside winding roads and there was a photo opportunity at every turn. It really is just the most breathtakingly beautiful place.

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in the land from Glenorchy north and it was easy to see why. AS being a big fan of the movie, we decided to do a guided tour instead of us driving on our own. We had previously been to Hobbiton on North Island and he loved it.

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Glenorchy is a small town set against a background of lush beech forest and rugged mountain ranges 45 km from Queenstown. It is nestled between the Richardson and Humboltd Mountain Ranges and overlooked by the mighty snow-capped Mount Earnslaw in the North. From Glenorchy you can travel on to the Rees Valley, Paradise and the Dart Valley, Kinloch township, Routeburn Valley and Greenstone/Caples Valleys which boarder both Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks.

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We were picked up in a 4WD vehicle and we went off-roading around the Glenorchy area as our guide pointed out various filming locations for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (and the Wolverine film and also Narnia). We left Queenstown early in the morning and drove up along the lake to Glenorchy.

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The road from Queenstown to Glenorchy is considered to be one of the most scenic drives in New Zealand and I absolutely agreed. With majestic mountains and the beautiful waters of Lake Wakatipu, it is no wonder we fell in love with the place every day. We were lucky to have a sunny day with clear blue sky. Wherever you look, you get magnificent mountain views.

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Our guide had good insight and knowledge about the area and the films.

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We stopped at a few lookouts along the way to take it all in. We stopped at Wilson Lake on the way – a filming location for the Lord of the Rings where they filmed the Ithilien camp scenes. The tour guide had an iPad so when we stopped at a location, he would play a few minutes of the clips from the movie shot at the location we were parked at and it was a great idea. For someone like me who does not remember a lot from the movie, good vision to compare with and for someone like AS, it was a treat.

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From there, we went to a place called Paradise and I have to agree that it was. The Glenorchy to Paradise road travels through at patches of red beech forest. These beautiful areas were used as filming locations for Lothlorien in the Lord of the Rings.

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We stopped at the forest where they filmed Boromir’s death (very scary for me) and scenes of Lothlorien. We also saw the trees that inspired Peter Jackson to film scenes here, and looked across to the snowy mountains where they filmed the Misty Mountains scenes.

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Then, we travelled past the location for Hobbiton for the Hobbit film, and also entered a forest they used to film a scene in the new film. Visiting the landscape used for the opening to the Two Towers was also spectacular – as we looked out over the land where Gandalf rides Shadowfax.

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From there, we stopped at Glenorchy Lagoon Walkway and it was a beautiful remote area and we hardly saw anyone else. From time to time, we saw a jet boat but apart from that it was absolutely quite with beautiful snow-capped mountains, nice green hills and us, just spectacular.

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After enjoying the great place, we came back into Glenorchy and it was a little busier with a few people wandering around. We spent time down at the lake and exploring the Glenorchy shed. It was demolished back in 1999 when there was a big flood and the Lord of the Rings crew helped rebuild this after this happened.

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Our guide prepared tea and coffee while we explore and we had tea with sandwich and biscuits with the great view in the background.

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We really didn’t want to leave the area but we had no choice but go back to Queensland as it was almost the end of our tour.

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I highly recommend anyone going to Queenstown, especially those into the Lord of the Rings movies and books to visit Glenorchy as it will bring lots of things from the movie into reality. Even if you are not a fan, you will absolutely love the spectacular view and breathtaking scenery.

Interesting facts about Lord of the Rings

  • The Lord of the Rings franchise is the sixth highest-grossing in movie history behind James Bond, Harry Potter, Shrek, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Peter Jackson began the process of sourcing locations for his cinematic masterpiece his team embarked on a worldwide search to find a beautifully haunting landscape

I will be writing more about our New Zealand trip so come back for more. Till then take care.

M from nepaliaustralian XOXO P.S: Do not forget to nominate  your favorite blog . Nominations open for NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2014

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Game Of Thrones Season 4 – the shocker

Like all the other fans of Game of Thrones series, I was impatiently waiting for the season 4 to start as well. It had been more than 10 months. I started reading the book a while ago but then stopped as I wanted to enjoy the series first and enjoy the suspense every episode carries.

I was really excited when I got to watch the first episode last week. When it ended I couldn’t get enough and was eagerly waiting for the next one which I watched last night.

*SPOILER ALERT**

Please don’t read further if you haven’t watched the series and plan to watch it.

Having disliked Joffrey for 3 seasons now, I was waiting for someone to kill him and I secretly wished it to happen horribly but I was in for a shocker at the way he has been killed off on his wedding day.

Because he is one of the most hated characters in the show, I though he will be there for a while but no, they just decided to kill him. I am not shocked that he died but of the way he died. I wanted him to be killed in a much more brutal way than just a simple poising. I’m sure many people also felt he deserved a more extreme end than a simple, straight forward poisoning – which only took only about 20 seconds to kill him.

When we finished watching the show yesterday, I was a bit upset because that is not how I wanted the episode to end. However, having watched the series for 3 seasons now I should definitely have expected the unexpected from a writer who bumps off our favourite characters one by one.

Now everyone is speculating on who actually killed the king. I am so eager to find out and can’t wait for the next episode. AS knows as he’s read all the books but he just keeps mum on the topic!

Are you watching Games of Throne? Share your thoughts?

Take care until my next post.

XOXO

M from nepaliaustralian

I’m Addicted to Game of Thrones

“Winter is coming.” Yes, that line is all I want to hear now and I am hooked to my TV and I know I’m not alone.

I know I am late catching the boat as most of you already watched the whole first two series before 2013 but for me, this was a new discovery.

When my husband suggested watching this series last year as he had read the books, I brushed him off saying I won’t like it. I am not the fan of movies like Lord of The Rings (too long for my liking) and Harry Potter.

But last month we were running out of TV series to watch so when he suggested Games of Thrones again, I decided to give it a go. And that got us hooked until we finished seasons 1 and 2 in a month watching many episodes back to back and wanting more every time and catching up to the third season.

OMG, they are doing a great job finishing each episode on a cliff hanger.

AS has read all the books, he knew what is going to happen next while I have no clue but both of us are addictive to this so that we keep waiting for the next episode. I am not sure what we are gonna do when season 3 will finish and we have to wait at least 6 months (or is it a year) for series 4 to start.

I love the whole setting of this series and all the killing and deception and love and above all, all the characters who I think portray the characters they are playing perfectly. The locations are so nice it made me believe that we are in the medieval period. I definitely want to go to Morocco and Iceland now and find these locations.

**SPOILER ALERT**

Please don’t read further if you haven’t watched the series and plan to watch it.

The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores issues of social hierarchy, religion, civil war, sexuality, crime, and punishment.

The only complain I have in the series is so far is the death of Ned Stark. I can’t believe that the character so strong and so important was killed because of an order from a stupid king. Actor Sean Bean has been the face of Game of Thrones since its inception. Not only was the scene both poignant and heartbreaking to watch, but I didn’t think there was any chance we’d see the show’s central character make his exit in the show’s first season. I was shocked when I watched that episode and I was so disappointed that I felt like not watching any more but then I went for more.

I have to admit the author keeps the story going by having other minor characters step up and assume the protagonist role while also introducing some other great characters. I really wish I didn’t have to wait so long for each episode to come out.

Right now my favourite character is Tyrion Lannister. Despite his size, Tyrion is so sharp that he slices through every situation with the exact words and phrases he needs to survive. I really hope he won’t die soon. I was almost sure he was killed in the battle of Blackwater but was glad to see him alive in next episode.

George R.R. Martin., the author of the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ Series — the basis for HBO’s Game of Thrones is currently writing for seasons 4 and 5. Hope he will write faster so we all can satisfy our hunger for this series.

I am thinking to read the books as I think it will be more interesting to imagine while reading the book.

If you are still pondering the idea if you want to watch the series I suggest you to watch episode 1 from season 1. If you are like me, I guarantee you that you will be hooked.

Are you watching Games of Throne? Who is your favourite character?

Take care till my next post.

XOXO

M from nepaliaustralian

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