Journey to Middle Earth

a trip by Lottie Let Loose
From: March 9th 2016
Until: March 30th 2016

'The journey is more important than the destination' We've all heard that well-known, life-affirming phrase. I shall endeavour to remember it, probably with gritted teeth, while at 30,000 feet, 20 hours into flight time and the pilot cheerfully saying 'Below and to your left you can see the famous Great Barrier Reef. We have only 5 more hours to go until we touch down in New Zealand'! FIVE MORE HOURS?!

New Zealand has long been on my list of top places in the world I'd love to visit, but the flight time has definitely put me off in the past, that and the cost of course! But I'm finally biting the bullet and facing my fears before I get too old and knackered to be able to do the mountain hiking I so love. And what a stunning set of mountains New Zealand has on offer. The draw to these beauties has been a magnet for such a long time and now I'm actually going to see them for myself. Add into the mix Maori culture, thermal activity and not forgetting the most important thing - Hobbit Houses and this is promising to be a trip most excellent.
Trip Length: 3 weeks
Blog Entries: 28
Photos: 534
Words: 26086

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
March 9th 2016 Epic journey to Middle Earth begins! Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London
March 10th 2016 Beijing-a-ling-a-ding-dong Asia » China » Beijing
March 11th 2016 Kia ora...nau mai! Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central
March 12th 2016 Rotorua roadie Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua
March 12th 2016 Rotorua arrival - check out that Polynesian Spa! Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua
March 12th 2016 Meeting Maoris at Tamaki Maori village Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua
March 13th 2016 Rotorua lakeside wanderings Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua
March 13th 2016 Hobbiton Movie Tour Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waikato
March 14th 2016 Hot, hot, hot! Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo » Wai-O-Tapu
March 14th 2016 Countryside walking but not as you know it... Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua
March 15th 2016 Mountain biking - heinous activity! Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo
March 16th 2016 Sail Fearless, pirate style! Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo
March 17th 2016 Tongariro Alpine trekking in the fog! Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Tongariro National Park
March 18th 2016 Heading due south Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo
March 19th 2016 Clang, clang, clang went the trolley. Ding, ding, ding went the bell! Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch
March 20th 2016 Count them out, count them in! Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch
March 20th 2016 Wild! Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin
March 21st 2016 Dunedin Doodlings... Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin
March 21st 2016 Making it to the mountains Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown
March 22nd 2016 Milford - Fjord he's a jolly good fellow! Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Milford Sound
March 23rd 2016 Moonlight riding in the day time Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown
March 23rd 2016 Kiwis and Cable Cars! Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown
March 24th 2016 Rob Roy Glacier Tramping Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Mount Aspiring National Park
March 25th 2016 Fahren zu Franz Josef Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef
March 26th 2016 Kayaking, Kiwis and Kicking back Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef
March 27th 2016 Onwards to Greymouth Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth
March 28th 2016 KiwiRail Trans Alpine scenic train journey through the mountains Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth
March 29th 2016 Rangitoto Island - Bache Houses Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Rangitoto
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