Author Archives: Wolfgang

Farewell land of the long white cloud

We had spent 82 exiting days in New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud. We climbed mountains and volcanoes, enjoyed beautiful bed & breakfasts and remote camp grounds, swam with dolphins and fed sand flies … most of … Continue reading

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Glowworm caves and the last days in Aotearoa

We started the next morning by slipping into some wet and cold wetsuits and put hard hats on before selecting our floating tyre for the day! When you are climbing into a hole in the ground that’s filled with ice … Continue reading

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Hobbiton

On the Alexander family farm in Buckland Road – Peter Jackson found the perfect movie location for the Shire. The film crew of Lord of the Rings built the farmer a nice gravel road into his sheep farm and erected a … Continue reading

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Forgotten World Highway to Mount Doom

After leaving Marie and Brian’s farm in Inglewood, we turned east in Stratford towards Taumarunui. This 150km road through the middle of nowhere is also known as Forgotten World Highway, and some of the farms along the way really looked … Continue reading

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Friends in Taranaki country

In Aitutaki we had met Marie and Brian, a wonderful couple from New Zealand, during a snorkelling trip. When we told them that we would be travelling to New Zealand soon, they invited us to visit them at their place … Continue reading

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Holdsworth – Waiohine Gorge walk

This trip is really trying hard to turn us into early birds and on our last day in Wellington we left the hotel at 7:00 am. The plan was for me to pick up Cristian for a day-hike in the … Continue reading

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Wellington and more Lord of the Rings

It was a nice day when we arrived in Wellington and we decided to drive straight to the Weta Caves for some more Lord of the Rings sightseeing. What is Weta? A Giant Weta is a large insect similar to a … Continue reading

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Bye bye South Island

We did spend forty fantastic days in New Zealand’s South Island. We’ve seen glaciers, fjords and iridescent blue lakes, dolphins, keas, kiwis, penguins, seals, millions of sheep and billions of sandflies. We even postponed our ferry to Wellington and our outbound flight from Auckland … Continue reading

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Christchurch and a long road trip back to the ferry

Three days left on the South Island and still a long way to the ferry in Picton. So we filled up the car in Twizel and got ready to put some miles on our tires. On the way back to … Continue reading

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Twizel – new capital of Gondor

For today we had booked a Lord of the Rings location tour with One Ring Tours in Twizel, the modern day capital of Gondor, which is significantly less impressive than the white city of Minas Tirith. Well in reality Twizel … Continue reading

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