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New Zealand Travelogue

Part 6 of The Making of the Hobbit, scenes on location in New Zealand.

Siri, book a flight on Air New Zealand

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  1. If you do, it is well worth visiting this place:
    http://www.signofthetakahe.co.nz/

    • Oo! Thanks for the tip. It looks like New Zealand would be a good place to hike. Is that accurate? Because that would make a really cool vacation.

      • Very much so, the Milford Track on South Island is said to be amongst the most spectacular hiking paths in the world. The full track will take about three days of walking and one has to make a reservation ahead of times because they don’t want too many people hiking at one time.
        The other thing is that there is a lot of rain.

        New Zealand has what are called the “Southern Alps” so not only is there good or great hiking almost anywhere, there is also great skiing.
        There is even good hiking accessible by public transport. The Greymouth Track is about a 20 or 30 minute bus ride outside Christ Church, a city of ~500,000 and when you reach the top, you get a very nice view of the Canterbury Peninsula which has on it Christ Church and the much smaller cities of Lyttleton and Akaroa. The latter is unusual in that it was settled by the French so that the street signs are in French. It is also amusing that the track goes almost through the backyards of some very expensive homes.

  2. If I were ever to visit New Zealand, I would go where the Kauri trees live. And the tree ferns and the kiwis and the tuis and the kokakos.
    Not very likely, though.

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