Wow, what a great find!!!
The Ford of Bruinen was one of my favourite scenes in the LOTR trilogy. Who could forget beautiful Arwen as she carried the dying Frodo on horseback, narrowly escaping the Black Riders by conjuring up a flood in the river. Although I have read that the filming location can be visited (not necessary to join a tour), I was not sure we want to attempt wading several metres upstream, in unfamiliar territory, with two young kids in tow. So I was on a quest to find the best tour operator for Arrowtown and surrounds.
At $65 per person, Adin's 2-hour Arrowtown Discovery Tour was great value for money. The tour was fun, fun and even more fun. We were thrilled by 4WD river crossings and tried our luck at gold panning in pristine clear waters in a "secret" location that was more postcard-pretty than the Ford of Bruinein film location. A natural playground for the kids! Adin was a wealth of information as we drove around quaint little Arrowtown. Then he surprised us by bringing us to the Arrowtown Goal, before ending the tour at a place with spectacular views over the Wakatipu basin. We were wowed from beginning to end.
I would consider the Arrowtown tour a MUST if you have young kids like me. The tour is a good balance of amazing scenery and hands-on activities. Adin is a fabulous guide, and remarkably entertaining.
Very highly recommended.
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