After a lovely breakie at our B&B in Twizel we decided to do a few detours. Matt had heard of an old set of a movie that was abandoned nearby and on our drive we saw these paddocks FULL of sheep. (a somewhat typical view here).
In my NZ Frenzy NI BookÂ i had read about the Clay Cliffs (and our B&B folks mentioned it) so we went to check it out. It was a fun little stop where we hiked around the clay cliffs up into a little atrium where lupine were growing and there were secret slot canyons to explore. We had fun scrambling around.
Next up was the drive through Lindis Pass. I was expecting these high mountainy passes but during summer they are easy, peasy roll right on through.
One thing i hadn’t realized about New Zealand is that there are vineyards everywhere! Lots of lots of wine is produce here – Martinsville and Marlborough country in particular.. lots pinots but a variety is grown throughout.
After a few touristy type stops and some lunch in Arrowtown, we felt it was time to do some LoTR film locations again. Â Just outside of Arrowtown is one of the locations for the Ford of Bruinen (it was filmed in a few different spots). This is the one where the riders were attempting to ride across the river. Here it is quite shallow and looks a bit different than in the movie (due to the fact that when we see Arwen she’s up the valley a bit at Skippers Canyon, ha!). It was fun none the less checking out the area as apparently folks pan and occasionally find gold there!
We had a bit of a drive ahead of us as we were staying south of QT in Garston. As we were just starting to head that way some crazy storms rolled into the QT area and we stopped to capture the clouds rolling in along with the hay bales…
We wrapped it up just as the rain hit and made our way south to a tiny little haven at Falcon’s Rest where it was wonderfully quiet and we enjoyed a good night’s rest.