2. Christmas Day – Hike to the "Path of Death" Putangirua Pinnacles Lookout

After a stormy rainy night, we had breakfast in the camper pancakes. The weather has now cleared up. We then set off on a 3 h hike towards Putangirua Pinnacles. The entrance was directly at the campsite. The trail led us up a forest path to a great viewpoint over the bizarre rocky pinstripe landscape. Like a theatrical setting, it spreads out in front of you.

Through a riverbed, which had to be overcome partly by boulders, we reached the foot of the rock columns. Here the "Paths of Death" scenes for "The Lord of the Rings" were filmed.

Afterwards we went on to Wellington in the camper. We grilled for dinner.


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