Category New Zealand/LOTR holiday

Crampons, anyone? #NewZealand

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in Scotland – and much of the UK, I gather – we are dealing with snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures. It’s not that we aren’t used to this in the Highlands, but it’s becoming rather tedious that it hasn’t changed since before Christmas. We […]

My #NewYear reminiscence – #Hobbiton, #NZ

My contribution to the New Year’s retrospection this year is a self-indulgent re-run of the fabulous trip we took 4 years ago – the total geek-fest tour of the Lord of the Rings film sites on New Zealand. Probably the best New Year’s Day ever, spent in Hobbiton! Now is it time for tea, or supper?

The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made #airnzhobbit #lotr

It’s 2 years since I was in New Zealand, on the Lord of the Rings tour with Red Carpet Tours (highly recommended by me and no, I’m not on commission, just wishing I was back there again), so I couldn’t resist sharing the latest Air NZ in-flight safety video, modelled on The Battle of the Five […]

My dream holiday – New Zealand – last part

My review of this amazing holiday has gone on far longer than I planned, but hey, I have the photos, and it was a truly awesome trip, so why not? Anyway, this will be the last, but not the least, instalment. For our final week, we based with a good friend, Julia, many moons ago one […]

My dream holiday – New Zealand – Part Six

Somehow I’d always thought that a glacier would be pretty smooth, probably because they one we stood on in Canada had been. The Franz Josef Glacier in NZ totally corrected me on that point! We’d been due to go up the previous day but due to high winds, they couldn’t fly. It did mean we […]

My Dream Holiday – New Zealand – Part Five

The final day of the Red Carpet Tours 2 week LOTR tour was a pick your own day. Based for the last couple of days in Queenstown, there is plenty to choose from: this is a town with no industry other than tourism! Naturally, I chose to go horse riding. Well, I couldn’t very well […]

My dream holiday – New Zealand – Part Four

Wow, when I began this I didn’t realise it was going to turn into an epic, but as the holiday was – epic, that is – I guess I should not be surprised. Where were we? Oh yes, coming to the last few days of the Red Carpet Tour, next up was an incredible landscape in Alexandra, […]

My Dream Holiday – New Zealand – Part Three

I left you at the end of the last instalment as we headed to Kaikoura, on South Island, and I’m still going to hold back on that because we spent the last week there, having the most amazing time. So, passing on, we headed for the magnificence that is EDORAS, home of the Horse Lords, […]

My dream holiday – New Zealand – Part Two

Okay, where were we? Ah yes, New Zealand, North Island. Last two days on this island at and around Wellington, a city I would consider living in, and that’s saying a lot as I don’t like cities! We visited a beautiful private estate which was the location for some of the Rivendell scenes, notably where Galadriel […]

My dream holiday – New Zealand – Part One

One year ago to the day I arrived back in the snowy UK after a wonderful 3 weeks in New Zealand, so to celebrate that anniversary, I thought I’d share some memories 😀 My dream holiday might not be to everybody’s liking, but I am a great LOTR fan, and the chance to visit many of […]