One of the world’s smaller continents by area but one of the largest by the amount of heart in its citizens, New Zealand is home to not only inventive and outgoing people, but is also home to some of the most exquisite and fantasy-like landscapes this world has to offer. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were even filmed in New Zealand for its landscapes… it doesn’t get anymore “fantasy” than that. Having perfectly mild temperatures along its coastal areas for most of the year, bizarre food options, a seemingly unending need for being featured in World Record books, and literally having more sheep in the country than actual people, this unusual country has it all!
What to do while you’re there.
A simple answer to that question: Everything! There are many activities to partake in while you are in the country, and many places for you to visit. One such incredible place is the Fiordland National Park. This world heritage site hosts some of the most breath-taking scenery in the country. The occasional glacier appears in the landscape, contributing to the structures that create spectacular fjords, including the famous fjords of Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds. While you’re there, be sure to try out the Milford Hiking Track for great moments of pure bliss.
Arguably one of the best sites to visit for both fantasy fans and outdoor lovers alike is Hobbiton! This famous site as well as the whole of The Shire from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films can be found and visited in New Zealand. The Shire was built up for the set of The Hobbit and now serves as a site for all to visit. New Zealand is also the only country in the world that allows the legal use of Hobbit currency! The country has issued coins marked with ElvenDwarven runes, and is described as “legal tender commemorative coins” by the New Zealand Post.
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. This is not the result of frustration at a keyboard, but it is the name of a hill in New Zealand. Translated, this name means “The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees who slipped, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as the “landeater”, played the flute to his loved one ”. It should be on the bucket list of every traveller to visit any site with a name like this, just for the sake of saying that they’ve done it.
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