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…

Wild Wellington Full Day Tour – Part One

As my time in New Zealand is quickly drawing to a close and I’m beginning to realise that there’s still so much I want to do (even here in Wellington!) I decided to ask my boss if I could do one of the Wild Wellington tours we offer to tick a few items off my New…

I used to be a backpacker… honest!

I left the UK in April 2014, to commence what I though would only be a year spent backpacking around New Zealand. Little did I know that a year was never going to be enough and that, even after the two years I’ve spent here, I’m still not ready to leave this gorgeous country, which I’ve had…

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…

North Island

I started this travel blog in January 2016, but have been travelling around New Zealand since April 2014! As you can imagine I have a whole lot to say about this stunning country after two years of backpacking adventures, and many more return visits since then, so please keep checking back for updates!   —…

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…

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