The area around the Dart River, in the Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island, is so striking that it looks like it should be a movie set. Lucky, then, that much of it is a movie set – several scenes from Lord of the Rings, Prince Caspian, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and many TV advertisements were shot around here.
None of that bothered me all that much, though, as the jetboat I was on went flying up and down this glacial river. It hadn’t rained in weeks, so water levels were extremely low – they say that jetboats can operate in as little as an inch of water, and it seemed that we barely even had that most of the time.
Luckily the stunning views kept me distracted from that minor concern, hey?