Over 15 years after the Lord of the Rings film trilogy came to an end, the magic of these much-loved movies is still very much alive today in New Zealand, which doubled up as Middle Earth and its many spectacular settings in the films. If you still can’t get enough of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy world, you can step into the films and visit the places for yourself, with several Lord of the Rings m..
It’s easy to see why Queenstown in New Zealand is nicknamed the adventure capital of the world; its mountains, rivers, lakes and forests have carved out the perfect landscape for a myriad of adventure activities. If you’re wondering what to do in Queenstown during your visit, the options are endless, and for adrenaline junkies there is no better place to be. This lakeside town has something to off..
Located at the northern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, Cape Reinga is a wildly beautiful region and also a place steeped in Maori tradition: the perfect destination for experiencing the real New Zealand. It’s also extremely remote; over 100km north of the nearest small town, and the meeting point of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. There are a whole host of amazing things to do in Cape Re..
One of the most beautiful spots on South Island and often regarded as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown is a destination not to be missed during your visit to New Zealand. There are a whole host of fantastic things to do in Queenstown, from a thrilling bungee jump sure to get your heart racing to skiing the slopes of the nearby Remarkable mountains and scenic cruises on Lake Wa..
Rotorua is one of the most romantic places on Earth, and when you visit it’s easy to see why. Set on the edge of Lake Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island, one of the main reasons people visit Rotorua is for its amazing geothermic landscapes. Vast lakes, incredible thermal pools and hot springs are interspersed with towering mountains and impressive volcanoes, including some which are still active..
Covering hundreds of miles of beautiful rolling scenery and offering relaxing comfort as you gently cruise along, New Zealand rail journeys are one of the best ways to see the country and enjoy the variety of stunning landscapes in a short period of time. New Zealand train trips range from rides aboard heritage steam trains to coastal railways and scenic train rides past mountains, lakes an..
The beautiful area of Rotorua, incorporating lakes, pools, hot springs and traditional towns, is one of New Zealand’s most romantic destinations, and should be on everyone’s list when exploring North Island. Hundreds of sulphurous pools, a trademark of the area, decorate the landscape, although they also play a role in Rotorua’s distinctive smell. The sulphurous smell is a by-product of the area’s..
New Zealand is a country of spectacular landscapes, and a prime example of this is Queenstown on South Island. Set against the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by alpine landscapes and isolated rural communities, it’s a place to get out an explore the natural surroundings. The best way to see Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the local area has to be on-board a lake cruise, where you have a full 36..
As the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland has plenty on offer for visitors; and thanks to its pretty harbour-side setting, there is just as much adventure to be had on water as on land. If you would like to take in the impressive cityscape from a different perspective, try an Auckland harbour cruise – some of which even venture out to the nearby islands. (more…)..
You may never have heard of New Zealand’s hidden treasure Glenorchy, but if you’ve watched the Lord of the Rings films then you will certainly have seen it. One of the most spectacular and otherworldly landscapes on earth, Glenorchy was the perfect setting for Middle Earth, including Isengard, Amon Hen, Lothlorien Forest, the Misty Mountains and Ithilien. (more…)..