If Australia is all about kangaroos, New Zealand is all about Hobbits (obviously).
When I came to New Zealand last year, I fell in love with the country. New Zealand is simply wonderful. The people are friendly, good-natured and easy-going, the food and wine are fresh and delicious, and the landscape is wildly varied. There are volcanoes, rolling green hills, fjords, thermal hot springs, ocean, and rocky terrain, all in a country with roughly the same land mass as Colorado.
In New Zealand, the grass the greener. The sky is bluer. The air is fresher.
In my opinion, New Zealand is the most beautiful country on the planet.
You might be a Lord of The Rings geek (paging my husband E.!), or you might simply be appreciative of stunning scenery that looks like it was created using computer effects (because it’s that breaktaking).
Either way, you need to come to New Zealand, and when you do, you need to go on the Hobbiton Tour in Matamata.
Voila: countryside porn.
Also: when you’re in New Zealand, wear sunscreen…unless you want to experience THIS.
Worst sunburn in 15 years. Actually, it’s my first sunburn since, like, 2003. Damn it all to hell.
(PS: I wanted to upload more photos of Hobbiton, but one of the annoying quirks of hotels in New Zealand and Australia is that they restrict your internet usage; E. and I paid over $100 at one hotel and were slapped with a “Fair Use” warning after, apparently, breaking their internet. So, that happened.)
Off to experience Wellington!