From Hobbiton we headed to one of the other most famous tourists destinations in all NZ – Waitomo’s famous glow-worm caves. Glow worms are a form of “fungus gnat” (sounds terrible) that live in damp, dark caves throughout New Zealand. They are bio-luminescent, thus the attraction. (If you are ever here on a super tight […]
We booked a very special stop on our way to our next destination after Rotorua: Hobbiton. This is NZ’s most famous and extensive Lord of the Rings experience and really delivered a top notch tourist experience. The town nearest, Matamata, has also claimed the title of Hobbiton (see Nate below). However to us Matamata is […]
From Hamner Springs we headed further north, along the very scenic coastal highway towards Blenheim, which is the “big city” of Marlborough region. Marlborough is globally famous (not just NZ world famous*) for its vineyards, specifically its Sauvignon Blanc. It is also nationally known for its aviation museum. But first we drove trough and had […]
From Christchurch we headed up to the resort town of Hanmer Springs, or “Hanma” as locals apparently call it. Home to naturally occurring hot mineral springs, a complex sprung up around them including quasi-natural pools, man-made pools of various temperatures to relax, a lap pool and 4 decent waterslides. Even midweek, it was quite busy! […]
Due to continued icy roads (see prior post), we headed to Christchurch the longer way, partially backtracking. We had no problems in this direction and saw some more farm life and small town New Zealand. About an hour outside Christchurch things started getting much more developed and filled with plazas of stores, etc. Christchurch is […]
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