When the airline has a safety video that is mocking Lord of the Rings, it is kind of an unspoken rule that you have to visit middle earth.
I, for one, am not a fan. Not that I dislike the movies- I did struggle to make it through the first series- but it definitely was not on the top of my list for why I wanted to come to New Zealand.
However, we made the journey- and paid the admission- to see the ever famous Hobbiton. And at the end of the day, I am glad that we did. Although I still probably could not pronounce most of the characters’ names, I can tell you all sorts of fun facts about where and how the movie was filmed. And the sheep-filled central region of the North Island in which the set is located is beautiful on its own.
So here’s to all of those LOTR fans… this one is for you.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Lauren M. Chapman and I am a junior at Washington University in St. Louis studying to be a High School Math Teacher. On campus you can often find me singing with my a capella group, baking, tutoring or catching up with friends. I am a mid-western girl who loves home, but is thrilled to be on my own big adventure in New Zealand! I love being outside, soaking in the beauties of natures, and getting to meet amazing people from around the world. I cannot wait to take a little piece of Kiwi culture back home with me.</span></p>