The Return of the Hobbit: K’s Adventures in Middle-earth

My blog has been a digital ghost-town for the past three weeks. Why?

I’ve been on holiday in New Zealand. Land of the Hobbits. Middle-earth. Realm of Elves, Dwarves and Aragorn’s magnificent stubble. And so on.

Snake (my nephew) and I left at the beginning of August for a fun-filled three weeks with his Dad, who lives in the North Island. We visited Kauri forests, waterfalls, beaches, and I even climbed an (active) volcano.


One of the great things about New Zealand was the Maori-rich culture. I immediately zoned in on the fairy stories about the Children of the Tane and, inspired by these tales, I am currently plotting a Wild Hunt Chronicle featuring everything I discovered. I loved every second of absorbing the Maori culture and can’t wait to learn more about it.


But now I’m back and I bring photos of great beauty to share with everyone. Enjoy the scenic wonders of New Zealand.

Normal blog service will resume on Wednesday.

Lion's Rock (beach) in the North Island
Lion’s Rock (beach) in the North Island
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Fairy Falls in the North Island
The view from the top of Rangitoto (volcano), North Island
The view from the top of Rangitoto (volcano), North Island
Random scenic view as we drive north...
Random scenic view as we drive north…
Snake and I visit Weta Workshop in Wellington, home of everything Lord of the Rings. The locals aren't pleased to see us.
Snake and I visit Weta Workshop in Wellington, home of everything Lord of the Rings. The locals are not pleased to see us.
Approaching the South Island by ferry. The mist made me feel like I should see dragons flying in the distance.
Approaching the South Island by ferry. The mist made me feel like I should see dragons flying in the distance.
Random scenic view driving south...
Random scenic view as we drive south…
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The sunset on our last night.
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