Inspirational images – this will definitely make you want to get out and explore!

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 [...]

Inspirational images – this will definitely make you want to get out and explore!2016-10-15T13:40:26+00:00

Mike the Guide in German Media!

  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" [...]

Mike the Guide in German Media!2016-10-15T13:40:26+00:00

Film Location Tour Guide on Vacation

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 [...]

Film Location Tour Guide on Vacation2016-10-15T13:40:27+00:00

Hobbit Location Guidebook – Ian Brodie

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 [...]

Hobbit Location Guidebook – Ian Brodie2017-07-26T12:06:40+00:00

Must-See Events in New Zealand

It's pretty well known that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan. That is not the only thing I'm passionate about though. I'm very lucky to live in a country that indulges my hobbies on a daily basis. The icing on the cake is the amazing events held in New Zealand throughout the year. [...]

Must-See Events in New Zealand2016-10-15T13:40:29+00:00

Private 7 Day New Zealand Middle-earth Film Location Tour (North Island)

 miketheguide.com offers private high-end tours for solo travellers, couples and small groups - the following tour is an example of what I can offer. If you like what you see, contact me directly and together we can create your ultimate New Zealand experience. Mae Govannen - Haere Mai - Welcome! I have designed an exciting 7 [...]

Private 7 Day New Zealand Middle-earth Film Location Tour (North Island)2016-10-15T13:40:29+00:00

Flying in Fiordland – Landing in Middle-earth

Back in 2009 I shot some footage while hosting a couple on their flight in Fiordland. They wanted someone with some Lord of the Rings knowledge to join them and point out some of the locations we would see. We visited so much more than this video shows, but there was so much footage I [...]

Flying in Fiordland – Landing in Middle-earth2016-10-15T13:40:29+00:00

The Dimholt Road – Putangirua Pinnacles

Yesterday I joined some of the best LOTR tour guides in Wellington, and we took a road trip to Aorangi Forest Park in the Wairarapa region of the North Island. Perhaps the best known site in the park is the Putangirua Pinnacles. Of all the Lord of the Rings filming locations around New Zealand, this [...]

The Dimholt Road – Putangirua Pinnacles2016-10-15T13:40:29+00:00

Safari of the Scenes – Glenorchy, Nomad Safaris

Nomad Safaris offers 2 half day Lord of the Rings filming location tours, this one and the Safari of the Scenes - Wakatipu Basin tour. Safari of the Scenes - Glenorchy Tour (departs 8.30am & 1.30pm, NZ$175 pp) This tour offers a comprehensive look around the Glenorchy are, including the Dart River valley and Paradise.  There [...]

Safari of the Scenes – Glenorchy, Nomad Safaris2016-10-15T13:40:31+00:00

Safari of the Scenes – Wakatipu Basin, Nomad Safaris Queenstown

Nomad Safaris offers 2 half day Lord of the Rings filming location tours, this one and the Safari of the Scenes - Glenorchy tour. Safari of the Scenes - Wakatipu Basin Tour (departs 8.30am & 1.30pm, NZ$169 pp) This tour offers a comprehensive look around the Queenstown end of the Wakatipu Basin, and includes some good [...]

Safari of the Scenes – Wakatipu Basin, Nomad Safaris Queenstown2016-10-15T13:40:31+00:00