Great Weta Race - Mt Victoria

The Great Weta Race pt. 1

Today we have entered a race organised by Weta and Ian Brodie, author of the Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook. The task is to get around as many of the Wellington region film locations used for the Lord of the Rings movies, taking photos to prove that each place was visited.

Starting at the Weta Cave at 9am we were given a great race page to use in our photos to prove we’d visited today and then we were off.

It was a misty, still day with a suitably moody atmosphere. I thought we could try Mt Victoria first, the mist adding to the film location look for the photos we’d be taking. Unfortunately we didn’t really get our locations right and spent a good half hour wandering the wrong paths. Turns out I should have been listening to Keryn (she had the guidebook and the phone with GPS) rather than going on instinct. We found our spots in the end, and got plenty of exercise as well.

Great Weta Race - Mt VictoriaPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Hobbits scampered after fungi near here.

Great Weta Race - Mt VictoriaPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Hiding from the Nazgul, were’d the tree go?.

Great Weta Race - Mt VictoriaPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Can’t hear anyone following us…yet.

Great Weta Race - Mt VictoriaPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Where is that misty path?

Great Weta Race - Mt VictoriaPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Run for it!

Great Weta Race - Mt VictoriaPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Not quite on the ridge

Great Weta Race - Mt VictoriaPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Hey, seen my horse?

Next we headed north to the Hutt valley and took photos on the at the Drycreek Quarry, the Hutt River, Harcourt park, at another location on the river and then on to Kaitoke. It was much easier to find the locations at these areas, mostly becuase they were closer to the road and we’re more familiar with the general area.

Great Weta Race - Dry Creek QuarryPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Once was a fortress.

Great Weta Race - Hutt RiverPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Where hobbits once sailed past.

Great Weta Race - Harcourt ParkPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

The gardens of Isengard, waiting for spring.

Great Weta Race - Harcourt ParkPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

At one time a wizard came past on his fair steed.

Great Weta Race - Harcourt ParkPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Orcs destroyed trees over a number of nights here.

Great Weta Race - Hutt RiverPhoto by Brendon & Keryn

Near where Aragorn crawled from the river.

Great Weta Race - Kaitoke (Rivendell)Photo by Brendon & Keryn

The beauty of Rivendell.

Great Weta Race - Kaitoke (Rivendell)Photo by Brendon & Keryn

Checking the location, maybe there will be a sign?

Great Weta Race - Kaitoke (Rivendell)Photo by Brendon & Keryn

A sign!

Great Weta Race - Kaitoke (Rivendell)Photo by Brendon & Keryn

Didn’t see Orlando.

More to come…

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