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 [...]
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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 [...]
I woke up this morning to the news that Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor have finally secured (pending Wellington City Council approval) a site to build a long anticipated movie museum. Both men have extensive collections of memorabilia from both their own projects and other well know movies and TV shows. The rumours have [...]
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 [...]
While I'm busy playing tour guide, my wife Nicole has been working very hard on creating some amazing music. It's been a real privilege to watch her work so incredibly hard on this project, from writing the songs and refining them through many live gigs, to the decision to actually release a full studio album with a [...]
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 [...]
Yesterday was a memorable day on the road. As I write this, we're sitting in the very nice Colonial Motel in Blenheim on day 2 of a road trip on the South Island. The purpose of the trip is meeting some tourism industry people, checking out some new locations to include on future trips, and my wife [...]