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Visiting the Shire: Middle Earth Locations in New Zealand

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Mar 11, 2019 /
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Last summer, my students and I read The Hobbit together. It had been 30 years since I’d read it. I have to admit, I reveled in the classic story, long buried in my brain under years of reading. As you know, it is a classic tale of a quest; a long, life-changing journey. The travelers have to battle (and avoid) various creatures, traverse extraordinarily vast plains, wend their way through mountain paths, and pursue their quest across Middle Earth.

Lost Railway Journeys: New Zealand's Otago Central Railway

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Note: This is an excerpt about New Zealand's Otago Central Railway from a fantastic new book by Anthony Lambert, called Lost Railways from Around the World. We love it so!

Lost Railway Journeys: New Zealand's Otago Central Railway, an excerpt

Photographer of the Month: Larry Prosor

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Dec 16, 2018 /
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Did you ever run across photos that captured you instantly? That took you to a place, and got you dreaming? Such is the case with our featured photographer this month, Larry Prosor. With photos from New Zealand's North Island and Northern California for this feature, he takes us to two very different locations—and gives us a true sense of place.

5 Things to Do in Auckland for Educators

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Located on New Zealand's North Island, Auckland has a population of around 1.5 million. The University of Auckland was established in 1883, and the metro area is rife with arts, culture, history, and gustatorial opportunities. 

My Real-Life Shire Adventure

Are you a Lord of the Rings fanatic that dreams of seeing the well-known Middle Earth? Well, you most certainly are not alone and I’m here to tell you that it is just as magical in real-life as it is in the movies! Okay, well maybe not really quite as magical due to all the digital editing, but it still is a place that without a doubt will take your breath away. 

Know New Zealand?

by Craig Martin / Jul 12, 2016 /
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"Sure, I know New Zealand. Lord of the Rings, Narnia and all that…"

New Zealand is a large country with a small population: about four million people in a country a little larger than Britain, a little smaller than Italy. This means there's a lot of unspoiled land to explore. In the new millennium, New Zealand's amazing landscapes have been pushed into international focus thanks to the work of Kiwi directors Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, King Kong) and Andrew Adamson (Shrek 1 & 2, Chronicles of Narnia) but there's plenty more where that came from.

Choosing Your Own Travel: Local Travel Writer on the Best of Auckland

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Do you remember reading those choose your own adventure books, when you were growing up? I couldn't get enough of them, and would re-read them until they fell apart, finding new paths to a satisfying (or not) ending. I recently read and was inspired by a new travel guide to Auckland, New Zealand, by a friend and fellow travel writer, Rhonda Albom. Rhonda has written one of the best guidebooks I've ever read - and let me tell you why. This book? It's the SAME concept - but with travel!

You can never go wrong with a bottle of Chardonnay

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If you travel a lot, you would have realized that Chardonnay (pronounced shar-do-nay, for all those uninitiated out there) can almost be found everywhere. If your country produces wine, it most likely produces this white grape variety. In fact, a grocery near you might be offering a Chardonnay wine or two. The Chardonnay variety is what we can call the “initiation wine” for start-up wineries.

Auckland, New Zealand: A Day in the City of Sails

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Today Bob and I stepped ashore in Auckland, a city of 1,400,000 residents, the most populous city in New Zealand, and the country’s largest industrial and commercial center.

Four Great Auckland Cafes

by Craig Martin / Nov 17, 2008 /
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Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, is one of the South Pacific's premier coffee locations thanks to its great diversity of independent cafes and the ability to roast a great bean. This month, our NZ editor offers up his five favourite places to find good espresso in the City of Sails.

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