2020 has been quite a year. (tl;dr - I've got a job - and a baby!) My last tour of the 2019/20 summer season ended up being a Private Wellington 2 day LOTR tour on the 19th of March. A week later all tours for the rest of the season had been cancelled, and New [...]
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My Christmas has come early! SYFY WIRE have just published a story about my private Wellington and New Zealand wide film location tours and my love for all things Lord of the Rings & Hobbit related. You can check it out here! http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/how-one-lord-of-the-rings-extra-became-new-zealands-tour-guide-for-obsessed-fans SaveSave SaveSave
Air New Zealand has launched a new campaign in North America, with a cute new mascot, Pete the Kiwi. He says at the end that if you need a guide, just ask for Pete. If Pete is busy, you can always ask for MiketheGuide too!
With the 2016 remake of Pete's Dragon being shot in New Zealand, fantasy fans have even more reasons to road trip this beautiful country. The main areas used this time are Rotorua, Wellington, Queenstown and... Tapanui, a small town in Southland that has never been a silver screen rock star before. Tourism New Zealand was as [...]
The New Zealand media has been very busy recently with stories of scary situations and accidents on our roads, caused by visiting drivers. Exponential growth in visitor numbers has filled New Zealand roads with inexperienced, nervous and distracted drivers, and the number of incidents and crashes have increased in kind. I've been taking most of the [...]
This is a little story I wrote for a travel writing competition recently. It's a great example of the experiences I live for when on the road, whether as a guide or on my own time. I didn't win the competition but it was a great opportunity to exercise my writing skills. I want to [...]
If you need some travel motivation for the day, take a few minutes and watch this short Youtube video. My good friend Ian Brodie, author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Location Guidebooks (among many others), has been travelling the world photographing landscapes and film sets. He has an incredible ability to [...]
I took a writer from Germany on a short Wellington City tour recently and I've just popped up in a story. It's written in German of course, but google translate does a fair job of translating it to English. Check it out here! For your own New Zealand adventure, contact me here. [sbc id="1" [...]
What does a movie location tour guide do when he goes on vacation? Over the Christmas/New Year period, Nicole and I took a rare break and visited Oregon and Hawaii. This is the busiest time of year in New Zealand tourism and I'm usually working. Nicole hasn't had Christmas with her family since 2005 so it [...]
Buy the Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy Location Guidebook HERE! Buy the Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook HERE! Ian Brodie's book, The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy Location Guidebook is a very useful tool when planning and executing your own Middle-earth adventure in New Zealand! I met Ian in Queenstown way back in 2002 (I think), when he was researching [...]