Guide proves his pow­ers still on track

Chi­nese cou­ple grate­ful for re­turn of lost trea­sure in coun­try

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Two Chi­nese new­ly­weds un­wit­tingly played out a Tolkienesque sce­nario af­ter los­ing and be­ing re­united with a wed­ding band in Lord of the Rings’ coun­try near Queen­stown on their hon­ey­moon.

On the last day of their New Zealand hon­ey­moon last month, Elaine and Rong Hua took a trip on the Dart River Jet. They ex­plored Par­adise north of Glenorchy, which was used as film­ing lo­ca­tions for The Lord Of The Rings and The Hob­bit films.

Then hus­band Rong Hua lost his wed­ding band.

The cou­ple, who had to leave Queen­stown the next day, re­alised it was miss­ing only af­ter they fin­ished the trip.

How­ever, the lost ring seemed to play a reprisal of the role played by a mag­i­cal ring in The Lord Of The Rings tril­ogy – and found its way back to the cou­ple.

Dart River Jet driver and guide Rod Spack­man took an­other group into the area the next day, and, us­ing a freak­ish abil­ity to sniff out lost nup­tial rings, found the cou­ple’s trea­sure.

"When I heard the news I re­ally felt for them," Spack­man said.

"Here was this ob­vi­ously in-love new­ly­wed cou­ple en­joy­ing their hon­ey­moon, when this hap­pens. It re­ally was a long shot that we’d find it, but I kept a look­out any­way. At one point we stopped to talk about the sur­round­ing for­est and I looked down into the leaves and saw this ring sparkling at me. I couldn’t be­lieve it."

Spack­man’s record for re­cov­er­ing lost wed­ding rings has cer­tain been proven in his eight years of guid­ing for Dart River Jet.

"I don’t know how I do it, but this is the third ring I’ve lo­cated," he said.

"It’s a re­ally good feel­ing to be able to re­unite people with some­thing so spe­cial. One cou­ple had been mar­ried 40 years and lost their ring. They were so grate­ful when I found it."

Elaine and Rong Hua had been home in China less than three hours when they re­ceived the good news call from Dart River Jet.

"Wor­ried about our English speak­ing, Dart River Jet kindly had a Chi­nese staff mem­ber call us and tell us it had been found," Rong Hua said.

"We thought our ring would be lost in Par­adise for­ever as the en­vi­ron­ment is so com­pli­cated.

"It left us so moved and our pas­sion and love of New Zealand has grown stronger. We be­lieve the ring that was lost in Lord of the Rings’ land now has magic to bring eter­nal bless­ing to our mar­riage for­ever."

Happy: Chi­nese new­ly­weds Elaine and Rong Hua just be­fore their wed­ding ring was lost in Par­adise. . .

then sad: . . . and the ring.

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