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Lisanne's Wellington Adventure
Lisanne
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Lisanne Antenbrink

Lisanne, one of First Light Travel’s interns, travelled down the North Island to visit New Zealand’s capital. Being from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, she loves coffee, craft beer, and great food. In addition to that, she also is a huge the Lord of the Rings fan. As Wellington offers all listed above, it made perfect sense to pay the windy capital a visit.  Because of the limited time I would have in Wellington, I wanted to make most out of it. When looking up the city’s must-do’s, a few things caught my eye which were repeated everywhere.

Lisanne
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Jasmijn and Julia explore Hobbiton Middle Earth
Julia Schlichting
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Julia Schlichting

Jasmijn and Julia two of First Light Travel's latest interns venture into the Waikato to explore Hobbiton Middle Earth the now famous movie set to see what all the fuss is about. Jasmijn is from Elst in the Eastern part of Holland near the German boarder and Julia is from Munich in Germany so both like the hobbits are no strangers to the delights of beer - but will the Hobbit village and especially the Green Dragon Inn meet their high expectations?  

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Lord of the Rings Hiking Tours in New Zealand
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

Magical Landscapes around every corner...

With magical landscapes around every corner, it can be hard to see where Middle-earth ends and the real New Zealand begins. A country with film-star good looks, New Zealand is the only place in the world where you can lace up your hiking boots and explore actual Lord of the Rings filming locations on foot. In the North Island, visitors can easily discover epic landscapes like Tongariro – the home of the Dark Lord Sauron.

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 The Ultimate Lord of the Rings New Zealand Vacation
Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

Middle Earth

Middle-earth, home of Hobbits, Trolls, and Orcs, may have been the creation of JR Tolkien’s brilliant mind, but believe us when we tell you that the idyllic paradise, brought to life by director Sir Peter Jackson in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, really does exist in New Zealand - the perfect place for the ultimate lord of the rings New Zealand vacation. Across the country, stunning landscapes of Middle-earth unfold like a pop-up picture book right before your very eyes.

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Elizabeth Marshall

Hobbit Mania Grips New Zealand (Middle Earth)
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

The worldwide premiere for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is just minutes away and New Zealand's capital city Wellington has been rushing to complete it's transformation to make it feel homely for folk with hairy feet and pointy ears. Yesterday stars jetted in for the long-awaited first movie of the Hobbit trilogy. Wellington, where much of the post production has been done, has renamed itself "the Middle of Middle Earth". Fans have had costume parties and Wellington city workers have laid a 500 m (550 yards) red carpet.

Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey