Queenstown, South Island


The prettiest city we visited was Queenstown . The town is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and just above the town, Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill. Water and […]

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Tongariro National Park, North Island

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park  is the oldest national park in New Zealand, located in the central North Island. It has been acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site  of mixed cultural and natural values. The park  was the fourth national park established in the world. The active volcanic mountains Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe (Mt. Doom!), and Tongariro […]

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Auckland, North Island

Auckland New Zealand

A short time ago, Jayne and I went on a trip of a lifetime to New Zealand! I am a fan of “Lord Of The Rings” so I wanted to visit as many of the filming locations that I could. It has been a while since my last blog entry, so what better way to […]

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Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand


Welcome to the Shire ! The Hobbiton Movie Set  was a significant location used for “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy and “The Hobbit” film series. It is situated on a family run farm near Matamata , in Waikato , New Zealand. It is now a Tolkien tourism destination, offering a guided tour  of the set. I […]

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Black And White, Or Color?

This age-old question has been around for years since the introduction of color into photography. Which is better: the black and white version of an image, or the color version? If the artist has done a good enough job of presenting an image that uniquely and decisively portrays some aspect to wanting to share his […]

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