The Hobbiton movie set: visiting the Shire

For any Lord of the Rings fan, it goes without saying that a visit to New Zealand absolutely must include a location tour of some sort. Having been to New Zealand twice before, I had already done the self-explorer tour, driving to locations using the ring symbols on New Zealand’s AA road atlas, and had also taken an organised tour in… Read more →


Guest post: Highlights of a perfect New Zealand road trip

This is a guest post by Meagaan Irish, my fantastic travel buddy on the big New Zealand road trip, and today she’s sharing her favourite memories of our recent trip to the land of the long white cloud. You can follow her on Twitter (@meagaanirish) and Instagram. Where do I even begin? When I first heard I had an opportunity… Read more →


Visiting Middle Earth: just a hop and a skip from Wellington

During a visit to Wellington I had a few hours to spare and decided to take part in a LOTR tour of filming locations around Wellywood. I booked the half-day tour with Wellington Rover Tours. Conveniently, the groups are kept small and the guide picks you up from your hostel in a minibus. My guide was extremely knowledgeable about anything… Read more →

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