A steel mist scuds in over the hills, and then parts to reveal dozens of riders and a standard-bearer.
They are Gondorians. Wearing armour and helmets, they await the call to ride through the snow tussock and back into the mist.
The Lord of the Rings has come to Twizel, with up to 600 people on this back-country set.
This is a film city: caravans, make-up buses, cameras, a fleet of four-wheel-drive vehicles and, below, a horse camp. [More]