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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Journey to New Zealand: More of Our Visit to Welly

Ah, you didn't expect another post so soon! I had a bit of time, and figured I'd make good use of it since I'll be so busy starting... tomorrow.

But anyway, this is the follow up to my last post about the Hobbit costumes in Wellington! Here follows a few select pictures of everything else we saw/visited while in Wellington (which I'm obsessed with calling "Welly" because I feel like a Kiwi when I do. ;D).

Just to give you an idea of the amount of pictures I took on this trip, they number 918 in all. I'm trying to find an easy way to upload them all to my blog, so that whoever wants to look through them can... but still working on that. ;) In the meantime, I (as usual) hope you enjoy the following pictures, of the rest of our adventures in Wellington!

Driving into Wellington.
The Te Papa museum.
...which had a giant statue of Azog the Defiler and was fully creepy. :D

Uhm yes Hobbit fans will recognise this place... :D :D :D The theater where ROTK and AUJ premiered!!! Yes, they were showing BOTFA, and we almost went to see it... but time restrictions inhibited that. :P
"The Tripod," made by Weta Workshop, to commemorate Wellington's film industry. ;)
One of my favorite stops in Wellington, we visited the Weta Cave and got to take their epic "Window into Workshop" tour!!!
Of course I had to get pics with the trolls outside the shop!! ;D
And here's where things get really cool... very near Weta, I found Park Road Post.  WHICH IS WHERE THEY EDITED THE HOBBIT AND LOTR FILMS AND I COMPLETELY FREAKED OUT.
No but wait, it gets even better. Two streets over from Park Road is Stone Street... WHICH IS OF COURSE HOME TO STONE STREET STUDIOS WHERE THEY BUILD ALL THE SETS FOR BOTH TRILOGIES AND WHERE THEY WORKED AND JDSKLFJDSLKFFAKLJAK. Of course, it was all locked up tight, but we dd drive around the back and saw...
(what's through the gate...?)
YES YES YES THAT'S THEIR HUMONGOUS GREEN SCREEN WHERE THEY BUILT LAKETOWN AND STUFF AND IT WAS SO AMAZING TO SEE IT IN REAL LIFE BECAUSE LOOK IT'S RIGHT THERE and i am so sorry for all the fangirling but... this was just awesome. xD :D
An adorable calf (there were tons of cows in NZ, btw) on our way to Rivendell!!!
"Lord of the Rings Film Location"
Now, the whole walk was gorgeous, and even though there's nothing left of the Rivendell set now, the maps did point all the places it was built out! Aaaaand this place, which was the setting for all those promotional photos of Legolas for LOTR!!!
A huge archway the park put in, feat. my sis Alissa! ;)
One of our final stops was a visit to the Wellington airport, which I knew had alot of Hobbit awesomeness that we just had to go see... including Smaug...
Gandalf and the eagles...
And Gollum!!!!

Wellington's capital building.
Goodbye, Wellington!!! I enjoyed my stay more than I can say. :D

5 comments:

  1. You only took 918 pictures??? SERIOUSLY??? {sitting in shocked dumbfounded astonishment}
    Anyway... ;] ...the pictures you've posted are great! I'm looking at them in amazement... "so that truly *does* exist? Wow..." It's just too cool to be real... and yet it is, and you've been there, and it's just fantastically awesome! :D

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  2. WOWWWWWWWWW!
    XD
    That's only 2 hours away from me!?!?!??!
    Beth we are going back and your taking me ok? :P

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    1. If only it wasnt so expensive and I had big enough room in my car :D

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  3. How cool! Looks like you had a great trip. :D I don't mind your fangirling! It's so cool you got to look behind the gate. I might have not had enough courage! :) God bless!

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  4. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU'RE SO LUCKY!!!!!!!!! I'm fangirling right along with you!!!!!!!! :O :O :O :O
    ~Jacquie

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