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Elen Turner is a journalist based in Kathmandu, Central Development Region, Nepal.

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GO NZ: Farewell Spit, New Zealand's next Unesco World Heritage Site

01 Oct 2023  |  NZ Herald
Farewell Spit, a 25km sandspit in New Zealand, is a critical bird sanctuary and ecological site, managed by the Department of Conservation. It features diverse habitats and is home to over 90 bird species, including significant migratory wading birds. The area is tightly controlled, with public access restricted to the first 4km, and is on Unesco's tentative list for World Heritage Site status. Visitors can explore the area through guided tours by Farewell Spit Tours, which offer opportunities to see seals, various bird species, and the historic lighthouse.

14 Paint Colors That Go With Cherry Wood Floors

28 Jun 2022  |  Hunker
The article discusses various paint colors that pair well with cherry wood floors, offering both warm and cool-toned options. It includes expert advice from interior designer Courtney Wollersheim on how to modernize spaces with cherry wood floors using paint. The article lists 14 specific paint colors from brands like Benjamin Moore, Dutch Boy, Valspar, Sherwin-Williams, and Behr that complement the rich and vibrant tones of cherry wood.

The 9 Best Restaurants in Auckland

09 Feb 2022  |  TripSavvy
Auckland boasts a diverse culinary scene with top-rated restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. Highlights include Sid at the French Cafe for contemporary New Zealand fare, Mr. Morris for modern Pacific and New Zealand dishes, and Bunga Raya for authentic Malaysian food. Other notable mentions are Baduzzi for Italian cuisine, Huami for contemporary Chinese dishes, and Blue Rose Catering for Pasifika food. Ceviche Bar by Besos Latinos brings Latin American flavors, while The Hunting Lodge Winery and Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant offer excellent dining experiences paired with local wines.

The 10 Best Hikes in Fiordland National Park

08 Dec 2021  |  TripSavvy
Fiordland National Park on New Zealand's South Island offers a variety of hiking trails ranging from easy walks to challenging multi-day treks. Highlights include the Lake Gunn Nature Walk, Milford Track, Routeburn Track, Kepler Track, and the more remote Dusky Track. The park is known for its stunning mountain and fiord scenery, as well as its high annual rainfall. The Department of Conservation manages several of these trails, ensuring good quality huts and campsites. Hikers are advised to prepare for wet weather and book accommodations early for the popular Great Walks.

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Sleeping Bag

06 Dec 2021  |  TripSavvy
Choosing the right sleeping bag is crucial for camping comfort, with the climate and type of trip influencing the decision. Sleeping bags come in various shapes, including rectangular, barrel, mummy, and elephant's foot, each offering different benefits in terms of warmth, weight, and comfort. Women's sleeping bags are tailored to a specific fit. The choice between down and synthetic fills affects warmth, weight, water resistance, and price. Sleeping bag liners add warmth and keep the bag clean. Temperature ratings are important to consider, with summer-weight, three-season, and winter bags designed for different climates. Proper care and storage, such as airing out and avoiding long-term compression, are essential for maintaining a sleeping bag's condition.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Kathmandu, Nepal

23 Nov 2021  |  TripSavvy
Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, offers a diverse culinary scene influenced by both domestic and international flavors. The article highlights ten top restaurants in the city, including Chez Caroline for French cuisine, OR2K for vegetarian and Middle Eastern dishes, and The Bakery Cafe, a social enterprise employing deaf Nepalis. Other notable mentions include Taza Treats for Middle Eastern sweets, DanRan for Japanese food, and The Village Cafe for Newari cuisine. Le Sherpa offers high-end international fare, while Dhokaima Cafe provides a fusion menu in a relaxed setting. Of Silk and Salt combines dining with a craft store, and Krishnarpan at Dwarika's Hotel serves high-end Nepali cuisine with regional variations.

How to Stay Warm in a Tent

10 Nov 2021  |  TripSavvy
Staying warm during a camping trip is crucial for comfort and safety. Proper tent setup, including the use of camping tarps and fly sheets, is essential for insulation. Choosing a season-appropriate sleeping bag and using an insulated sleeping mat can significantly enhance warmth. Wearing dry, clean clothes at night and ensuring you are warm before bed are important practices. Additional accessories like hot water bottles, sleeping bag liners, and thermal insulating blankets can provide extra warmth. While heaters can be used, they come with risks and are generally unnecessary if other tips are followed.

Day Tripping to Motuara Island in the Marlborough Sounds

10 Nov 2021  |  nzherald.co.nz
Motuara Island in the Marlborough Sounds, administered by the Department of Conservation, is a significant bird habitat and historical site where Captain James Cook proclaimed British sovereignty over the South Island in 1770. The island, which has been pest-free since the 1990s, serves as a nursery for rowi kiwi and has aided in the recovery of the South Island saddleback. Visitors can access the island via tours from Picton, such as those offered by E-ko Wildlife Tours. The article recounts a family's experience visiting the island, observing its wildlife, and unexpectedly encountering dolphins during their return trip.

The Complete Guide to Alberta's Icefields Parkway

02 Nov 2021  |  TripSavvy
The Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Canada, is a 144-mile scenic road trip route from Jasper to Lake Louise, offering numerous viewpoints of glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, and valleys. The best time to drive is from May to October to avoid snow and ice. Key stops include Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca Glacier, Glacier Skywalk, Weeping Wall Viewpoint, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, and Lake Louise. The article provides detailed information on hiking routes, supplies, accommodation, and other travel tips, emphasizing the importance of preparation and safety.

The 6 Best Hotels in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific in 2022

26 Oct 2021  |  www.fodors.com
The article reviews six top hotels in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific for 2022. The Brando in French Polynesia offers private villas on Marlon Brando's leased island. COMO The Treasury in Perth, Australia, is a restored public office turned hotel with minimalist decor and a seasonal menu. Hulbert House in Queenstown, New Zealand, is a refurbished 1880s villa with a view of Lake Wakatipu. Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts in French Polynesia provides luxury villas on a secluded motu. Longitude 131° in Uluru, Australia, features luxury tented accommodation with views of Uluru and supports Indigenous arts. The Sunseeker in Byron Bay, Australia, is a retro chic hotel focused on sustainability and local culture.

Whanganui National Park: The Complete Guide

20 Oct 2021  |  TripSavvy
Whanganui National Park, located in New Zealand's North Island, is known for its lowland forest and the Whanganui River, the country's third-longest and longest navigable river. Established in 1986, the park offers activities such as hiking, river trips, and mountain biking. The park features the Bridge to Nowhere, various hiking trails, and the Whanganui Journey, one of New Zealand's 10 Great Walks, which is a kayak or canoe river journey. Accommodation includes DOC-run campsites and tramping huts. Access to the park is most convenient by rental car, with various buses and shuttles available from nearby cities and towns.

The Top 10 Things to Do in Greymouth, New Zealand

20 Sep 2021  |  TripSavvy
Greymouth, the largest town on New Zealand's West Coast, offers a variety of activities for visitors. Key attractions include Shantytown Heritage Park, Monteith's Brewery, Rapahoe Beach, and Lake Brunner. The town is also a hub for outdoor activities such as hiking in Paparoa National Park, quad biking, and fishing. Visitors can explore local culture by shopping for pounamu and enjoy scenic drives to nearby attractions like the Punakaiki Blowholes. The TranzAlpine train journey to Christchurch is recommended for its scenic views and convenience.

Mount Aspiring National Park: The Complete Guide

07 Sep 2021  |  tripsavvy.com
Mount Aspiring National Park, established in the 1960s, is located in New Zealand's Southern Alps and offers rugged hiking and outdoor activities. It is part of UNESCO's Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. The park provides opportunities for mountaineering, skiing, fishing, and bird watching. Key hikes include the Blue Pools Track, Rob Roy Track, Routeburn Track, and Cascade Saddle Route. Accommodation is available in DOC-run campsites or huts, with the serviced huts requiring advance booking. Wanaka is the most convenient town for accessing the park, with other entry points including Glenorchy and Te Anau. Accessibility for those with mobility limitations is relatively good, with many short walk options available.

How a Kathmandu Group Is Protecting and Restoring Their Monuments

09 Aug 2021  |  TripSavvy
Kathmandu, Nepal, is facing challenges in preserving its ancient monuments due to rapid urbanization. The Chiva Chaitya Organization (CCO) is actively working to protect and restore these cultural heritage sites, particularly the chivas, which are Newari shrines. The CCO's efforts include documenting and mapping chivas, cleaning and restoring them, and raising awareness in local communities. The World Monuments Fund has partnered with the CCO to support these initiatives, recognizing the significance of chivas on their 2020 World Monuments Watch list. Amar Tuladhar, the CCO's secretary, emphasizes the importance of preserving these monuments for maintaining the cultural identity of the Kathmandu Valley's indigenous residents.

The Top 15 Hiking Destinations in India

27 Jul 2021  |  tripsavvy.com
The article lists the top 15 hiking destinations in India, highlighting the unique features and best times to visit each location. Destinations include Ladakh, Spiti Valley, Manali, Kashmir Valley, Valley of the Flowers National Park, Nanda Devi National Park, Gangotri, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Meghalaya, Mount Abu and Aravalli Hills, Lonavala, Wayanad, Kodagu/Coorg, and Ooty. The regions offer a variety of experiences from high-altitude treks to hikes through biodiverse parks and cultural sites.

The Beginner's Guide to Whitewater Rafting

17 Jun 2021  |  TripSavvy
Whitewater rafting is an accessible and exciting sport suitable for beginners and older children. The International Scale of River Difficulty, created by the American Whitewater Association, rates river safety from Grade I (easy) to Grade VI (extreme). Guides can help novices navigate challenging rapids, but beginners are safest on Grade II and III rapids. Essential gear is provided by tour companies, and safety tips include following the guide's instructions and ensuring all participants can swim. Popular rafting destinations include the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Chile, Costa Rica, Nepal, India, and the Zambezi River in Zambia and Zimbabwe.

7 hipster spots to visit the next time you're in Patan, Nepal

09 Jun 2021  |  silverkris.com
The article highlights seven hipster spots in Patan, Nepal, including Yala Mandala, Himalayan Java Mangalbazar, Newari Kitchen, Shade Collection, Simrik Atelier, The Inn Patan, and Cafe Soma. Each establishment is described with its unique offerings, such as quality handicrafts, coffee in a heritage building, Newari cuisine, jewelry, traditional art, boutique accommodations, and a book-filled cafe. The article advises checking opening hours and safe-distancing measures before visiting and refers to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for updated information.

The Most Beautiful, Otherworldly Places Across the Himalayan Mountains

07 Jun 2021  |  www.fodors.com
The article explores various breathtaking and culturally significant locations across the Himalayan Mountains, including the Upper Dolpo region, Barun Valley, Lo Manthang, Ladakh, Malana, Gurudongmar Lake, Valley of the Flowers National Park, Yarlung Tsangpo Gorge, Mt. Kailash, Phobjikha Valley, Swat Valley, and Skardu District. These places are noted for their natural beauty, religious significance, and unique cultural heritage. The text highlights the challenges of accessing these remote areas and the rich biodiversity and historical importance they hold.

How to road trip from Nelson to Hanmer Springs via Lewis Pass

22 Mar 2021  |  nzherald.co.nz
Elen Turner describes a scenic road trip from Nelson to Hanmer Springs via Lewis Pass, highlighting the route's natural beauty, points of interest, and the Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort and Spa as a relaxing destination. The journey offers panoramic views, historical sites, and opportunities for short hikes and camping, with advice on driving conditions and weather preparedness.

The Best 12 Hikes in Nepal

09 Mar 2021  |  TripSavvy
The article lists the top 12 hiking trails in Nepal, highlighting their unique features, accessibility, and cultural significance. It covers treks like Langtang Valley, Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Manaslu, Mardi Himal, Gokyo Lakes, Arun Valley, Kanchenjunga Circuit, Panauti to Namo Buddha, Annapurna Sanctuary, Nar Phu Valley, and the Dhaulagiri Circuit. Each trek is described with its altitude, landscape, and the experience it offers, such as views of high peaks, cultural insights, and the physical challenge involved. The article serves as a guide for trekkers planning to explore Nepal's diverse and scenic trails.

The 15 Best Places in the World to Go Paragliding

08 Feb 2021  |  TripSavvy
Queenstown, New Zealand, is renowned for its adventure sports, including paragliding, with stunning views and favorable flying conditions. Bir Billing in India offers paragliding in the scenic Kangra Valley, best experienced between October and June. Pokhara, Nepal, is famous for its stable thermals and breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and Phewa Lake, making it a year-round paragliding destination. Other notable paragliding spots include Gudauri in Georgia, Ölüdeniz in Turkey, First in Switzerland, Umbria in Italy, Iceland, Kerio Valley in Kenya, Mendoza in Argentina, Iquique in Chile, Lima in Peru, Makapu'u Cliffs in Hawai'i, Sun Valley in Idaho, and Hatcher Pass in Alaska.

The Top 10 Offshore Islands in New Zealand

17 Nov 2020  |  tripsavvy.com
The article lists the top 10 offshore islands in New Zealand, highlighting their unique features and attractions. The Poor Knights are renowned for scuba diving, Great Barrier Island is known for stargazing, Goat Island offers snorkeling and scuba diving, Rangitoto features a volcano with trails, Tiritiri Matangi is a wildlife sanctuary, Waiheke Island is famous for wineries and local food, Kapiti Island is a bird lover's destination, D'Urville Island is great for outdoor activities, Rabbit Island is a beach and cycle spot, and Ulva Island is a wildlife sanctuary with a chance to spot Kiwi birds.

The Most Important Historic Sites in New Zealand

16 Sep 2020  |  TripSavvy
The article highlights ten significant historic sites in New Zealand, including Waitangi, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, and the Rainbow Warrior Memorial, commemorating the Greenpeace ship bombed by French agents. Other notable sites include the Art Deco buildings in Napier, the Botanic Sports Field in Nelson, and the University of Otago in Dunedin. The article provides historical context and significance for each site, emphasizing their cultural and historical importance.

A Complete Guide to New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands

25 Aug 2020  |  TripSavvy
New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are rich in rare flora and fauna. Located in the Southern Ocean, these uninhabited islands include the Antipodes, Auckland, Bounty, Campbell, and Snares Islands. They have a history of sealing and whaling, and many shipwrecks. Accessible via scientific expeditions or specialist cruises, they require permits from the Department of Conservation. The islands offer diverse climates and unique wildlife, including endemic birds and recovering seal populations. The best time to visit is during the Southern Hemisphere summer, from November to March.

Why a Hokianga holiday is a great alternative to the Bay of Islands

17 Jul 2020  |  NZ Herald
The Hokianga Harbour offers a serene and pastoral alternative to the more crowded Bay of Islands. Visitors can enjoy the scenic drive via State Highway 12, explore the ancient Waipoua Forest, and take in the views from Pakia Hill Lookout. Rawene serves as an ideal base with its boutique accommodations, dining options, and ferry connections to Kohukohu. Activities include sand-dune surfing, fishing charters, and horse treks, making Hokianga a versatile destination for both relaxation and adventure.

I Got A Medical Tourist Visa To Give Birth In Another Country

02 Jul 2020  |  HuffPost
The author recounts her experience of traveling from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Bangkok, Thailand, to give birth due to the limited medical facilities in Nepal. Despite loving life in Kathmandu, the author chose to give birth abroad for safety reasons, following her doctor's advice. The narrative details the challenges faced, including visa issues for her Nepali husband and the logistics of obtaining a passport for their newborn daughter. Ultimately, the decision to give birth in Bangkok proved to be the right choice, ensuring a safe delivery and recovery.

The 15 Best Small Towns in New Zealand

09 Jun 2020  |  TripSavvy
The article highlights 15 small towns in New Zealand, each with unique attractions and characteristics. Mangonui is known for its historic fishing village and excellent fish and chip restaurant. Rawene offers a glimpse into New Zealand's third-oldest European settlement. Waipu celebrates its Scottish heritage with annual Highland Games. Matakana is a popular getaway with a farmers' market and vineyards. Raglan is famous for surfing, while Kawhia offers a natural hot water beach. Jerusalem is noted for its connection to poet James K. Baxter. Havelock is the 'green shell mussel capital of the world.' Collingwood and Karamea serve as gateways to national parks. St. Arnaud is a year-round destination in Nelson Lakes National Park. Murchison is a top white-water rafting spot. Akaroa has a unique French colonial history. Arrowtown is a gold rush-era town, and Oban on Stewart Island is ideal for hiking and wildlife spotting.

The Most Beautiful National Parks in Nepal

09 Jun 2020  |  TripSavvy
The article highlights eight of the most beautiful national parks in Nepal, including Chitwan, Bardia, Sagarmatha, Makalu-Barun, Langtang, Shivapuri-Nagarjun, Rara, and Shey Phoksundo. Each park is described in terms of its unique features, accessibility, and the best times to visit. Chitwan is noted for its successful rhinoceros conservation program, while Bardia offers a more remote experience with a higher chance of spotting tigers. Sagarmatha is home to Mount Everest, and Makalu-Barun provides a vast altitude range. Langtang is easily accessible from Kathmandu, and Shivapuri-Nagarjun is ideal for day hikes. Rara and Shey Phoksundo are known for their beautiful lakes and remote trekking opportunities.

Beyond Mount Everest: Essential Contemporary Writing from Nepal

04 Jun 2020  |  lithub.com
Nepal, with a literacy rate of 68 percent and 123 languages spoken, produces a small amount of English-language literature, mostly by Nepali writers living or educated abroad. This literature offers a more rounded view of Nepal than just Mount Everest, covering topics like family relationships, gender roles, and economic development. Works by authors such as Manjushree Thapa, Prajwal Parajuly, Rabi Thapa, Samrat Upadhyay, and Shrada Ghale provide insights into Nepal's culture, history, and political situation. The article also mentions La:Lit, Nepal's preeminent English-language literary magazine.

Help Deliver the Mail in New Zealand’s Remote Marlborough Sounds

28 May 2020  |  Culture Trip
The Pelorus Mail Boat, operating from Havelock in the Marlborough Sounds, has been delivering mail and various goods to the remote inhabitants of Pelorus Sound for over a century. This service is crucial for the scattered residents, including farmers and lodge operators, who rely on it for their weekly supplies. The Marlborough Sounds, located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, are a network of sunken river valleys and islands, accessible mainly by boat. The area offers various activities such as boating, kayaking, hiking, and wildlife watching, and is home to several national parks and wildlife reserves managed by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation.

Guide to Te Araroa, the Trek That Spans the Length of New Zealand

22 May 2020  |  www.tripsavvy.com
Te Araroa is a 1,864-mile trek across New Zealand's two main islands, offering a challenging and scenic adventure through coastlines, forests, mountains, and cities. Opened in 2011, it requires alpine experience and navigational skills. The trek can be done in sections, with popular parts including the Puhoi Track, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Queen Charlotte Track, and Motatapu Track. The best time to hike is from late spring to late summer, with the direction of travel affecting the experience due to weather and land access restrictions during lambing season.

20 Books That Will Take You Around the World Right Now

08 May 2020  |  www.fodors.com
With travel plans disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, readers can explore the world through literature. This article lists 20 novels that transport readers to various global destinations, from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Uruguay. Each book provides a unique cultural and geographical insight, offering a literary escape and potential inspiration for future travels.

The Best Wildlife Reserves in New Zealand

16 Apr 2020  |  TripSavvy
Zealandia in Wellington is an urban eco-sanctuary aiming to recreate pre-human environmental conditions over 500 years. Motuara Island in Marlborough Sounds serves as a sanctuary for rowi kiwi birds and holds historical significance as the site where Captain James Cook proclaimed British sovereignty over the South Island. Mou Waho in Lake Wanaka is a pest-free environment with native wildlife and a unique lake-on-an-island feature. Tiritiri Matangi in the Hauraki Gulf is a major conservation project, having eradicated mammalian predators and replanted native bush. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in Waikato is a mainland ecological island with a pest-proof fence, home to endangered species. Brook Waimārama Sanctuary in Nelson is the largest fenced sanctuary in the South Island, with plans to reintroduce several native bird species. Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Dunedin features vibrant native birds and tuataras. Ulva Island in Rakiura National Park is a pest-free sanctuary with easy walking tracks. Kapiti Island off the Kapiti Coast is accessible via approved tour operators and offers spectacular views and diverse birdlife. Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary in Picton Harbour is an ongoing project to restore native forest and features a circular walking track.

Marlborough Sounds: The Complete Guide

15 Apr 2020  |  tripsavvy.com
The Marlborough Sounds, located at the top of New Zealand's South Island, is a region of islands, inlets, and sunken valleys known for its beauty and outdoor activities. It is not a national park but contains around 50 reserves managed by the Department of Conservation. The area is rich in history, with early Polynesian settlers and European explorers like Captain James Cook. Today, it has a small population engaged in tourism, farming, and the arts. Visitors can hike, bike, take boat tours, and enjoy scenic drives. The Queen Charlotte Track is a highlight for many. Access to the Marlborough Sounds is typically through Picton, with connections by ferry, road, and air. Accommodations range from hotels in Picton to remote campsites.

How to View Amazing Street Art Around the World

10 Apr 2020  |  tripsavvy.com
The article provides an overview of various platforms and organizations that allow people to view and appreciate street art from around the world, both in person and virtually. It highlights initiatives like St+art India, Sattya Media Arts Collective, Brooklyn Street Art, and others that offer online galleries, virtual tours, and interactive maps to explore street art in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kathmandu, New York, and Penang. The piece also mentions street art festivals and resources for enthusiasts to engage with the global street art community.

What to Do When Your Active Kids Are Stuck Inside

02 Apr 2020  |  matadornetwork.com
Social distancing and school closures have significantly impacted children who thrive on structured, group sports activities. To keep active kids engaged at home, various activities are suggested, including hosting living room dance parties, online workouts, yoga sessions, circuit training, jump rope, house cleaning, gardening, rediscovering old toys, playing hopscotch, taking the stairs, and going outside when possible. These activities aim to help children stay active and healthy during quarantine.

New Zealand's Best Road Trips

27 Mar 2020  |  horizonguides.com
The article provides detailed itineraries for several road trips across New Zealand, including routes in Northern Auckland, from Auckland to Wellington, and various circuits in the South Island. Each route includes suggested stops, distances, durations, and highlights such as beaches, forests, Maori culture, geothermal features, and wildlife reserves. The guide emphasizes the natural beauty and diverse landscapes of New Zealand, offering practical advice for travelers looking to explore the country by car.

Where to See Penguins in New Zealand

26 Mar 2020  |  TripSavvy
New Zealand offers various locations for penguin spotting, particularly in the southern regions such as the South Island and Stewart Island/Rakiura. The Yellow-eyed penguin, Little Blue penguin, and Fiordland Crested penguin are the main species found in New Zealand. Despite threats like predators, fishing, climate change, and habitat loss, places like the Banks Peninsula, The Catlins, Otago Peninsula, Stewart Island/Rakiura, Haast, Oamaru, and Picton provide opportunities to see these penguins in their natural habitats, contributing to their conservation.

The Top 8 Things to Do in Hamilton, New Zealand

11 Mar 2020  |  TripSavvy
Hamilton, New Zealand offers a variety of attractions for visitors. Highlights include the culturally rich Hamilton Gardens, the unique Zealong Tea Estate, and scenic cruises on the Waikato River. Adventure seekers can learn to surf at Raglan, while families can enjoy picking blueberries at the Lavender Backyard Garden. Film enthusiasts can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. The Waikato Museum provides insights into the region's history, and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari offers a glimpse into New Zealand's native flora and fauna.

15 'Lord of the Rings' Filming Locations You Can Visit

15 Aug 2012  |  TripSavvy
The article lists 15 filming locations from 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' movies that fans can visit in New Zealand. Each location is described with scenes filmed there and tips on how to visit, including Matamata for Hobbiton, Mt. Ngauruhoe for Mt. Doom, and Kaitoke Regional Park for Rivendell. The guide provides practical travel advice and highlights the scenic and cultural significance of these sites.
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