Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand’


January 15th, 2014

Hells Gate Rotorua Mud Pools and Hot Springs

Hells Gate Rotorua Mud Pools and Hot Springs

While in New Zealand, E. and I visited Hells Gate Mud Spa and Geothermal Hot Springs in Rotorua. It was a rare geek-meets-chic activity blend: bubbling pools of mud for him, spa for me!

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January 8th, 2014

Hobbiton New Zealand: Touring The Shire

Hobbiton New Zealand: Touring The Shire

If Australia is all about kangaroos, New Zealand is all about Hobbits (obviously). When I came to New Zealand last year, I fell in love with the country. New Zealand is simply wonderful. The people are friendly, good-natured and easy-going, the food and wine are fresh and delicious, and the landscape is wildly varied. There are […]

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January 16th, 2013

Dreaming Of: New Zealand (again!)

You guys, I really cannot properly emphasize how wonderful and life-changing my trip to New Zealand was last year. Even after going to South Africa, which was HIGH on the bucket list for decades, my reverence for Kiwiland remained undiminished. It was quite simply the best trip ever. Piggybacking off the three Oscar nominations for […]

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December 11th, 2012

My Latest FoxNews.com Piece: Exploring Middle-Earth in Wellington, New Zealand

My latest piece on FoxNews.com just went live! Here’s a snippet: This week the wait is over for Tolkien fans eagerly awaiting the Dec. 14 debut of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” But if seeing it on the silver screen isn’t enough (at the new format of 48 frames per second, no less), a trip […]

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