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Trains: Pukerangi and Platform 9 3/4

Lindsey Holdren

April 22, 2013

And so the family departed from Queenstown and began the journey to Dunedin. As fate would have it, upon leaving the hotel lobby I heard the same song - a girl band remake of ELO's Mr. Blue Sky - that had been playing when I first arrived (a circularity that is both awesome and terrible; "awesome" because...

The Fellowship of the Ringers

The Fellowship of the Ringers

Lindsey Holdren

March 29, 2013

Kiwis refer to The Lord of the Rings fans as "Ringers." My family is a rabid group of Ringers and we fed our hunger for all things Tolkienian (and my hunger for all things filmic) with a safari-style tour of Middle Earth shooting locations. We loaded up into a land cruiser piloted by the best tour gui...

Frolicking In The Shire

Lindsey Holdren

February 10, 2013

The Hobbiton movie set rests picturesquely in a hilly area of private farmland near the North Island city of Matamata. I'll let the photos speak for themselves, but I want to add: if you ever visit, try to go on the earliest tour at 9:30 so that you have the Shire all to yourself for the half the tour!...

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