Weta Airport

Welcome to “Weta” Airport, Wellington, New Zealand the very middle of Middle Earth! Wellington Airport has to be one of my favourite places to fly to and from, for the simple fact that it has so many Lord of the Rings related sculptures that is has affectionately become known as “Weta” airport! Thanks to the Weta…

Goodbye Wellington

March has been one helluva crazy month for me! Not only did I successfully publish my debut novel, but I also finished up my job as a Lord of the Rings Tour guide, and packed up my life here in Wellington, New Zealand, in preparation of moving to Australia for the next year. I can’t…

Rivendell Archway Opening

“It’s a big house this, and very peculiar. Always a bit more to discover, and no knowing what you’ll find round a corner. And Elves, sir! Elves here, and Elves there! Some like kings, terrible and splendid; and some as merry as children. And the music and the singing…” –Samwise Gamgee The Lord of the…

Cicadas; or, the horror movie chorus

This summer has seen the emergence of the cicadas here in Wellington, New Zealand. In particular the Amphipsalta Zelandica, which is a sort of black and green colour, and one of around 40 species of cicada here in the country. I’m actually kind of excited to be around for this as I’m told they only emerge every…

Middle Earth

Gi nathlam hí! My name is Carmen-Shea, and I’ll be your tour guide through Middle Earth today! I came to New Zealand in April 2014 because I was a huge Lord of the Rings fan and wanted to explore ‘Middle Earth‘ as envisioned by Peter Jackson through his trilogy of movies. Four months into my adventures and…

Top 5 things to do OUTSIDE of Auckland

One of the great things about Auckland (yes, there are actually some great things about the city, despite my opinion of it!) is that it has many impressive islands just a ferry ride away. The even greater part? You get to leave the city itself to visit them!   1. Rangitoto Island One of my favourites…

Auckland: a city of shine & grime

“This Dwarf on loan from Middle Earth” – by Weta Workshops @ Auckland Airport, International Arrivals This was the first picture I took upon my arrival in New Zealand. We landed at Auckland International Airport on the 25th April, 2014, and the sight of this fine upstanding Dwarf was one of the very first sights…

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