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You Will Be Directing The Next Lord Of The Rings, On Wheel

Posted on November 13, 2009 | Remarkable DrivesNo Comment

North Island, New Zealand

Considered as one of the most excellent sources of escapades, New Zealand is affluent with some very jagged and serene landscapes. Along with adventure, the presence of European and Polynesian legacy on this assorted piece of land makes it a significant hub of history and ethnicity. Due to its enormous exquisiteness and speckled vistas, it is no surprise that Kiwi Peter Jackson chose this vicinity for filming most of vistas of his movie Lord of the Rings.


The charming panorama of forests with abundant downpour, frayed mountains, volcanic turfs, undulating hills of green lands, and biggest lake of the country along this 460-mile route will relinquish you with enduring reminiscence of your lifetime. This is a course not only to quench your thirst for sights from Lord of the Rings, but also some amazing escapades between Wellington and Auckland, straddling the distance of North Island, and through spaces flanked by water on both the sides.

Start your trip in Auckland

Begin the journey of absolute gratification from the major city in New Zealand, Auckland. To know about the ancient culture, civilizations, and history of the country, don’t fail to visit the Auckland Museum, which still exhibits daily performance of Maori culture.

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Artful Huapai

Drive on State Highway 16 to check out some award-winning samples of wine in Coopers Creek Vineyard, a place that hosts waltz gigs on each Sunday starting from January till Easter. Positioned in the historic commune of Parnell Village is the Elephant House which is well known for the art work done by the cooperative faction of Kiwi artists. This place is Waikatoalways open as an exhibition-cum-sale for visitors.

The quest of Waikato

Reaching Waikato indicates that its time for some adventure. This expanse is considered as one of the best hiking destinations of the country. Opt climbing a primeval volcano offered by Karioi Summit Track, or viewing the indigenous trees of kauri at Hakarimata Scenic Reserve footing on the Kauri Loop Track. Known as the Weathertop Hill, Port Waikato is the same city where Frodo was strangled by a Black Rider. Also visit the neighboring Matamata that marks as the bona fide address of Hobbiton, a verdant township where hobbits resided contentedly before initiating their precarious expedition. You can know more about hobbit era by visiting the Farm Tours and Hobbiton  Movie Set. Check out Bag End, the single hobbit hole viewable by visitors.

Cook in Rotorua

rotorua new zealandConsidered as one of the best tourist attractions of New Zealand, Rotorua offers sights of boiling geysers and sweltering volcanoes. You can visit any or all of the geothermal parks available here to watch the churning out of geysers, blistering mud caverns, and the tepid ambience. Some of the best parks are Wai Ora Spa and Hell’s Gate. Situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, this vicinity witnesses incessant volcanic bustles with natural underground haze emitted also on the contemporary avenues of Rotorua.

Refreshing Hamilton

Take a break from your strenuous drive to satisfy your hunger at The Woodbox which offers a wide-ranging carte du jour (menu) of Kiwi specials and local wines. After the elongated journey of warm sight-seeing through volcano fields, halt for a night sleep in Hillside Homestead B&B where your spirit will be revitalized by sound of melodious Maori songs and guitar strumming.

Lake Taupo

After a melodious Maori night, its time to relax you body with a “wet massage” in Taupo Hot Springs Spa which uses lake taupo new zealandonly natural ingredients made from local beeswax. Lake Taupo, largest lake in New Zealand, offers a variety of leisure activities like swimming, fishing, and walking for the people residing or visiting the town of Taupo that is located on the northern coast.

Figurine in Western Bays

The journey of New Zealand is certainly incomplete without a yacht tour through the Western Bay. Go on a cruise of over 2 hours offered by Barbary Cruises & Sail Taupo to get a glimpse of the marvelous rock statuette of 30 feet at Mine Bay. This piece of art was carved by a creative personality named Mathai Whakataka-Brightwell in 1970’s, which also illustrate characters from history of Maori. Art enthusiasts can also view some other astonishing carvings through the sailboat tour offered by Wilderness Escapes.

Nature’s Favorite – Kaimanawa Forest Park

Kaimanawa Forest Park is probably the only park that offers you the contentment of hiking along with invigorating sights of vast flora and fauna, like whio (blue duck), found rarely on the planet of earth. Take a small saunter or an overnight hike, this park offers you everything you are searching as an adventurer. The neighboring Whakapapa Ski Area offers splendid views of the gradients of Emyn Muil and Modor.

Whittle in Foxton

To become skilled at carving, native language, or tattooing, try to visit the workshops recommend by Te awe Kopiko, an edifying center in Foxton. You can also glance through the artwork exhibited by this center, to refresh the history of occupation of this town. Here, Search the presence of the native trees of totara which are now distorted to form Hobbiton Woods. The ancient road to Hobbiton, Otaki Gorge Road, is still serving visitors to direct the journey.

Wellington – The capital

Moving ahead toward the ultimate stop of your 460-mile journey, you will arrive at the capital of New Zealand, Wellington. Hire the service of any tour operator to watch the incredible sights of Minas Tiriths and Bree, locations from Lord of the Rings. Ambling through the Wellington Waterfront, you will come across several renowned Karori Sanctuaryrestaurants, art galleries, museums, boutiques and historic monuments.

Karori Sanctuary

A long drive can sometimes be quite arduous and affect your skin. For safety measures, try various skin care items made of Hema organics proffered by Zambesi. Also, some of the very uncommon and endangered species of animals can be found in Karori Sanctuary. This place is a dwelling for saddleback, tuatara, and small-spotted kiwi.

Cheer the sound of Bodega

To conclude your voyage, visit the famous haunt of Wellington, Bodega, which is an ideal place to cheer the upcoming musicians of New Zealand. This place will also provide you with infinite supply of international beers and native wines.

Trip Tips

To drive on the smooth lanes of New Zealand, a legitimate U.S. driver’s license is adequate. However, bear in mind that people of this country drives on the left side and have a distinctive law for intersections. The roads here are quite ascending and entwining, and distance is marked in kilometers. This trip of 460 miles will take approximately 4 day’s time and is pleasurable in all seasons of the year.

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