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Wandering the World

Stories and tips from around the world.

New Zealand

The Long-expected Journey

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien

Bag End, Hobbiton

When I first visited New Zealand it was a very short trip, and a very unsuccessful one. Every sight I was hoping to see was fraught with problems caused by the weather. It was like we'd stumbled into Moria and awoken a Balrog that had followed us all the way to Mordor (or Tongariro rather). Nine years later it was time to make that long-expected return to the country that had doubled as Middle Earth. What would we face this time?

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