My most recent Lord of the Rings guided tour was to Deer Park Heights in February 2009. As the name suggests, it is 800m above Queenstown and there are heaps of deer around.
In mid-2009, the owner decided to close off this 800-hectare Deer Park for public access. It is a pity though as the scenery up there is fantastic! It was here where I had my closest encounter with a deer. Let me share with you my experiences.
Lord of the Rings Tour to Deer Park Heights
The entrance to Deer Park Heights is from Kelvin Heights Peninsula Road. As you drive along, you get to see many types of animals roaming around freely. It is kind of like a safari-style park.
The animals include Bison, Donkeys, Goats, Highland Cattle, Himalayan Thar, Llama, Miniature Horses and Sheep. There is also a nut dispenser and nut tins here for you to feed the animals.
Most people probably did not know this. There is a Korean Prison movie set made for a Walt Disney Film “The Rescue” in 1986 here! From one side, it looks like Middle Earth, and from another, it looks like you are in olden days Korea.
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