Christchurch: the city that doesn’t quit

When we first landed in New Zealand, we rented a car in Auckland, drove all around the North Island, took the ferry to the South Island, explored there, and eventually took the ferry back north. Throughout our travels, most of the locals told us to avoid Christchurch. The area has been ravaged by several earthquakes…

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More Lord of the Rings Locations in New Zealand

As you’ve seen on my travels around the North Island of New Zealand, there are tons of Lord of the Rings locations you can visit (like Hobbiton and various Middle Earth locations). Here are a few LOTR locations on the South Island:  

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Helicopter Ride Over Middle Earth

The Remarkables (the mountain ranges show below) were all over Lord of the Rings. Seeing their beauty IRL, it’s easy to see why. Check out the views from an insane helicopter ride just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand. Watch the video below for an idea of what the helicopter ride was like. However, New Zealanders…

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YAS Queen(stown)!

Queenstown in New Zealand is so amazing, even the drive into town is out-of-control-beautiful. This city is like a Disney World for grown ups. It’s the home of the jetboat (an insane boat ride with 360s and death stops that made me laugh uncontrollably because I was so nervous) and full of plenty of other…

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Glacier Hunting in New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier is on the South Island of New Zealand. It was a hike to get there, but one of the greatest hikes I’ve ever been on. Follow along on my adventure below. Rock stacking is a discipline. At least, that’s what Wikipedia told me. I love finding these during my travels. It’s always…

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Middle Earth is even better IRL

New Zealand is a tremendously beautiful land. Its hills are jagged and grassy and covered in sheep. Driving the countryside, rain or shine, is breathtaking–so breathtaking, it doesn’t feel real. Everywhere you look, you feel as though you’re in the middle of a Lord of The Rings scene. Below is where they filmed the Gates…

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