I have just travelled through the misty mountains. By which I mean Arthur’s Pass, through the southern alps from Hokitika to Christchurch. The weather closed in this morning and rained or clouded for most of the way, creating tantalising glimpses of peaks and valleys with the occasional roll back for a stunning view.
On the way I encountered a slightly mad hotel owner with a giant Gollum on his roof, a working Barrel organ in his cafe, and a most excellently ornate Victorian toilet.
There were also amazing caves and rock formations used allegedly in not only LOTR and Hobbit but also the stone slab in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Turns out Narnia and Middle Earth are the same place. Who knew.