Hobbiton: A Nerd’s Dream Come True!

I woke up super early in the morning so that I could eat a delicious instant oatmeal breakfast and peacefully enjoy my free instant coffee from the hostel. Zoe and I eagerly waited for the big green bus that would take us to the magical land where all of our childhood dreams would come true:…

The Tongariro Crossing

On a Wednesday morning in March I began my eight-hour trek across lava and ash in the land of Mordor New Zealand’s oldest national park—Tongariro. This area is part of the Taupo Volcanic Field, and in the park there are three main volcanoes: Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe (pronounced nar-uh-ho-ee), and Mt Tongariro. The geology of…

LotR EE Tour with Flat Earth

Fellow nerds, read on. If you aren’t a huge Lord of the Rings geek though, this post may bore you to pieces. The Extended Edition tour with Flat Earth was the best guided Lord of the Rings scene location tour that I’ve done in my whole time here. My guide was clearly just as excited as I…

Queenstown: Day 6

My final 24-hours in the Adventure capitol! And of course, I would go on another Lord of the Rings tour. This was another “Safari of the Scenes” tour run by Nomad Safaris. I was picked up at my hostel at 8:15am on the dot, and we headed West and then North along Lake Wakatipu on…

Queenstown: Day 2

(Finally starting to catch up with these posts—there’s so much to talk about and so many pictures that I must break it up day-by-day!) On this very fine Sunday, I had a lovely early lunch at the adorable Vudu Café & Lauder, recommended to me by my friend Alexis. Ordering from their pre-made deli and desserts,…