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

When it all goes wrong (and right)!

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 [...]

When it all goes wrong (and right)!2016-10-15T13:40:27+00:00

Slowing Down the Ride – Auckland to Wellington on the Northern Explorer Train

Britomart Transport Centre, Auckland As somebody who makes a living (and loves) driving people around New Zealand, it's hard for me to admit it, but Kiwirail Scenic's Northern Explorer train ride between Auckland and Wellington is an incredible experience. Before taking the ride, I viewed an all day train journey through the central North Island [...]

Slowing Down the Ride – Auckland to Wellington on the Northern Explorer Train2016-10-15T13:40:29+00:00

North Island Solo Tour Review – January 2014

The real beauty of making multiple trips to the same country is that you don't have to rush to see everything. This was my client's (let's call him "Lemmy"), fourth trip to New Zealand. His first three times here were all based in the South Island, where I was lucky enough to meet him while [...]

North Island Solo Tour Review – January 20142016-10-15T13:40:29+00:00