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New Zealand’s Middle Earth: behind the scenes of The Hobbit

A land of snow-capped peaks, primeval forests and glacier-carved river valleys, New Zealand seemed destined to play a starring role in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. As Middle Earth fans gear up for the last and final movie of the Hobbit series, here's a look at some of the fantastical set …

U.S. Travel

Alternative Queenstown

Queenstown in New Zealand is renowned internationally as an adventure tourism hotspot, but there are also less adrenaline-fuelled activities to be enjoyed amid beautiful Central Otago scenery. Once you've secured your collection of souvenir T-shirts and DVDs by bungy jumping, whitewater rafting and …

The Lord of the Rings

The West Coast, New Zealand

Hemmed in by the wild Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps, the West Coast is like nowhere else in New Zealand.

The far extremities of the coast have a remote, end-of-the-road feel, from sleepy Karamea surrounded by farms butting up against Kahurangi National Park, to the southern end of State Hwy 6, …

New Zealand

Exploring Viñales, Cuba's scenic backyard

The Valle de Viñales is a stunning national park blessed by fertile rust-red soil, layered in chartreuse green expanses of tobacco plantations and studded by precipitous limestone buttresses of rock. It offers Cuba’s very best hiking, climbing, caving and vistas, based around the tranquil farming …

Caribbean Travel

Screw No.400 ~ Tom Waits : A Day in Vienna

The year is 1978, or is it 1979 (nobody seems to know), when Tom Waits rolls into Vienna to be met by Austrian filmmakers Rudi Dolezal and Hannes …

Adman David Lubars on Tom Waits’s ‘Rain Dogs’

When I started out as an advertising copywriter in Los Angeles in 1985, I used to drive to Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard every Tuesday, when albums were released. On Sept. 30, I bought a bunch of LPs, including Tom Waits’s “Rain Dogs.”

Back at my house in Manhattan Beach, I put on the album and …

Tom Waits

Underworld Rafting

A superb 4 hour Black Water Rafting adventure in the Paparoa National Park.

Visitors are fitted out with designer wet suits, wet suit socks boots …

Sailing trips in the Abel Tasman National Park


Our yachts are fun, sail fast and stable. The large, open, flat decks allow you to relax and enjoy …

Abel Tasman National Park Swing Bridge Walk

What To Bring: Day Trip in Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand


Bring your own lunch or order a scrumptious picnic lunch from us the day before …

Manawatu Gorge

The Gorge & Manawatu River

“Well may New Zealand be named wonderland, and this most glorious gorge is aptly designated one of its chiefest wonders.”

So …

Catlins Waterfalls (H4)

The Catlins’ three main waterfalls to see..Purakaunui, Matai, and McLeans Falls, Catlins New Zealand.

GPS: Pura -46.517062° 169.559333°

Mai -46.505978° …

South Island Itinerary Trip Recommendations

However you are travelling and whatever your interests, you’ll have an unforgettable New Zealand experience on one of our recommended South Island …

Places to visit in New Zealand - Plan your New Zealand vacation

New Zealand's 29 regions stretch more than 1,600 kilometres across two main islands.

Each destination is distinctive in character, and with the …

New Zealand wilderness experience, Siberia Experience, Flight, Walk and Jetboat, Siberia Valley Makarora, New Zealand

Siberia Experience, Scenic Flight, Bush and Valley Walk, Jet Boat River Safari

The Original since 1975 and still the BEST! Four hours of unique New …

Unforgettable Helicopter Flight above Lake Wanaka

Unlike many young people traveling in New Zealand I was not particularly interested in the adrenaline rush of bungee jumping or white water rafting, …

Wanaka Activities

A breathtaking year-round destination

The Wanaka area is renowned for being a year-round outdoors playground with the breathtaking mountains and lakes …

Glenorchy – a Family Adventure

Glenorchy – at the head of Lake Wakatipu – is right in the heart of numerous Lord of the Rings filming locations and the lake views and snow-capped …



In the beginning, Glenorchy was a ‘summer camp’ for Maori who travelled from the West Coast in order to collect greenstone from the Dart River.

White Water Rafting, Outdoor Adventure Packages, Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

Paddling in the rugged Skippers Canyon, it's not hard to see why the Shotover River (grade 3-5) is the most popular white water rafting in New …

Shotover Canyon Swing - Queenstown, New Zealand

Omarama Clay Cliffs , Mount Cook - MacKenzie, NZ - 9 travel reviews for Omarama Clay Cliffs

Omarama Clay Cliffs

Mandy Reich


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful and only $6.

Beautiful and only $6.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in March …

sky | scribblesnz - the blog

I’ve decided to post a “photo of the day” each day, in edition to any other posts I feel inclined to generate. They will come from my library of New …

Tunnel, monorail to Milford Sound?

If it ain’t broke, should we fix it? Milford Sound/Fiordland is my favourite place in New Zealand, so I conclude these posts on the South Island’s …


After getting our full of glaciers and green-lipped mussels (a New Zealand specialty) we cruised along the west coast highway on Christmas Day to …

Milford Road-spectacular road in New Zealand - The Most Spectacular Roads in the World

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Milford Road is a significant part of the New Zealand State Highway 94, that climbs up to almost 1,000 metres above the sea level. …

14 Day North/South Island Tour of New Zealand

Optional 16 days to include spectular North Island Tongariro National Park -please inquire

2014/2015 Scheduled Departures Depart Auckland


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The trip of a lifetime

Climb aboard one of the world’s most famous train journeys, between Christchurch and Greymouth. Cross the fertile farmlands of …

West Coast Eco Tours to Karamea, Arthurs Pass, Punakaiki

2 or 3 Day: Northern Coastal Tour (Karamea)

Discover the real beauty and wildlife on the Wild West Coast between Greymouth, Karamea and beyond. We …

The South Island of New Zealand, tours, flights , cruises and driving

Scenic drives around the South Island

Driving in the South Island of New Zealand is a pleasure. Our roads are well sign posted and well maintained and …

New Zealand

Picture Perfect -7 Days South Island Tour | Luxury Travel in New Zealand

Picture Perfect -7 Day South Island Tour

This 7 day self drive itinerary really gives you time to soak up the South Island’s untouched timeless beauty