Good things first: Well yes, you'll see some sceneries (actually 3, but for sure not "more than 20") and yes, Bob is a nice guy (it's probably not his fault if the company he works for is greedy and overpriced...).
BUT: The only reason it's a "full day" tour is because you hang around in the same location (only 3 in total) for ages or walk around really slowly (or both). And Bob stops his car 100 times in random spots cause he can't tell stories and drive at the same time (That's actually what he said!) So the whole day is filled with listening to some movie stories or re-watching some scenes (thanks, i've seen the movies, this is why i do this bloody tour!) instead of seeing more locations!
I already got a bit sceptic in the morning when I asked Bob how many different places we would visit during the day and he said "I won't tell you, the tour should be a surprise". Which from my point of view now is a tactic for not revealing that it's only 3 locations. I think this whole "more than 20" advert is an "interpretation trick": as soon as some spot is used in different parts of the movie they make it count as several locations, and every mountain peak or lake that is visible somewhere in the background counts as well. Dear "Trails of middle earth"-guys, that's seriously cheating and gives bad karma! just sayin'...
AND (even more important): WHAT on earth is worth the 300 (!!!) Dollars? (Cause actually i wouldn't complain this much if it had cost me 150 or so, that would have been ok...)
- The fuel for the car? I don't think so. The sceneries are all really close to Queenstown and easily acessable, so if you have the option to go by rental car get a LOTR location guidebook and do it yourself (you don't go any further than 12 Mile Delta and Arrowtown anyway with this tour...)
- The Lunch? It's ok but average, and the weapons...well, that's a nice idea but doesn't explain the massive price of this tour with. (As an example: The LOTR Tour in Christchurch provided lunch and weapons as well, the trip was so much longer and still they were much cheaper!) The "gifts" are some papercopies which won't cost the company anything as well, so again, nothing to make people pay sooooo much!
There are other Tour operators in Queenstown which cost half the price and they take you to spectacular locations at Skippers Canyon (by boat) and Glenorchy/Paradise (by horse). Don't waste your money (and time, all the scenes could easily be seen within half a day) on this tour.
I was really looking forward to doing the Trails of Middle Earth and have never been so disappointed before (actually this is my first bad review ever, but i really HAD to tell this...).
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