New Zealand has been preparing for the big Hobbit adventure for quite some time. You might have seen the crew of the national airline in their Hobbit getup for a safety video during a tour designed for wizards and elves crazy fans. Now, the Hobbit fun actually starts the moment you reach New Zealand on your way to Middle Earth.
Prior to the release of the Hobbit, the first of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Wellington Airport spruced up its terminal to get everyone in the mood. A massive sculpture of Gollum, the pale creature who said the famous line “My Precious!”, is hanging above your head while you enjoy some pie or saying your goodbyes.
The giant installation of Gollum seem to reach for the giant fish sculptures hanging from the ceiling of the airport’s food court.
A man dressed up and pretended to be a pilot tried to go to a restricted area of the international airport. The man escaped when he was questioned by the airport staff and security of Auckland Airport.
Last weekend, a man who was complete with a pilot’s uniform, silver wings and epaulets tried to enter a secured area of the Auckland airport in New Zealand before the ground staff challenged his access. The man fled off aboard a black van.
Authorities raised the alert in search of the man who tried to bypass the airport security. They tagged the incident as something that can be categorized as “significant concern” when the man tried to deceive the airport staff to enter a restricted area.
The story though took a sudden turn when the police issued a statement that they are pressing charges against three suspects– a broadcaster, a producer, and company director. The individuals from Auckland are between the ages of 26 thru 33.
Flowers tickle not only the imagination, the heart, but touches one soul. A bouquet is nice but fields of flowers are just overwhelming. These flower farms are not travel destinations on their own but the colors of tulips, lavender, roses, daisies and other flowers will just make anyone take the turn. Here are some of the best places to see the loveliest flowers in the world:
Going to the Netherlands during spring time makes it a capital sin not to see the tulips and daffodils. After all, after the good life in Amsterdam, they are most famous for their flowers. They grow it and export it all over the globe. The fields of flowers in the Netherlands resemble the colors of the rainbow. If you are going between April thru September, you might just be in time for the fabulous flower parades. Visit Alkmaar in the northern portion of Holland where aside from the flowers you will learn a lot about the history and try their best samples of cheese. . Another great flower destination will be Keukenhoff known to be the biggest garden of flowers.
New Zealand has been blessed with the most beautiful landscapes. These unique and varying land formations also provide sports lovers and adventure seekers some of the best trails for mountain biking. Here are some of the best mountain bike trails in New Zealand:
Riders in Australia call the Whakarewarewa as the Disneyland of Biking in New Zealand. The trails are specifically designed for experienced mountain bikers. These trails are constantly modified so be always be on the lookout for some surprises on the track.
You can first try the Repco Trail which is a combo of gravel road, single track, and 4WD. There is also the grintastic trail which takes the difficulty several notches up. The bike tracks are off limits to walkers and the paths for pedestrians are off limits to bikers. When you see XXX, these are the difficult routes of the track.
Despite the paranoia caused by terrorist threats around the globe, there are still places that you can visit and feel safe. There are still countries where you can stay for a few days or a few weeks and do not hear of anything about serious crimes and petty offenses. If you are planning for a family vacation, you may want to consider the following places which have the lowest crime rates according to some surveys:
Luxembourg is considered as the safest destination in the globe. The small country serves home to only 500,000 individuals and somehow explains why it is very easy to keep a good watch. The safest city attributes its near perfect peace and order to its very happy citizens who are very rule-oriented.
Drinking a glass of wine in a simple room is not the same experience as sipping exact one under a canopy of stars. What defines the taste of any wine is the when and where you are sipping it.
This concept may anger the more logical minded members of the wine industry but several companies are already investing in wine tasting rooms. These tasting rooms offer a relaxed vibe and elegant window views of beautiful locales and are increasingly becoming part of big brewers’ calling cards.
The practice of making these structures to lure in possible customers have been started by newer wine industries belonging to Chile and Argentina and several states like Michigan in the United States for the American continent. In Europe, New Zealand and Austria have these rooms to lure in buyers. These architecturally elegant and scenery centered rooms invites the tasters to focus on their senses and the taste the wines provide.
Circumnavigated in 1769 by Captain James Cook, New Zealand is one of the last uncharted lands. Its colonization by the England formally started around 1840 after the British and the Maori signed the Treaty of Waitangi. Today, the country is still a veritable country of emerald greens and draws tourists largely because of its unspoilt natural wonders.
Since New Zealand is a hotbed for tourism, there are a lot of activities that you can do in the country to unwind. However , in order to have the best experience of New Zealand, you can check on this list of adventures that are worth experiencing.
Hang gliding for two in Queenstown
For a bird’s eye view of Queenstown, tourists can savor the adventure of hang gliding. It’s an amazing bonding experience for couples. However, those new to the thrills of hang gliding opt instead to use the vacant spot for a veteran hang glider.
When you’re travelling, it’s inevitable for you to have to use the public bathroom, and most of the time this is not a very pleasant experience. There’s either graffiti on the wall or the flush isn’t working and the place reeks. Some public toilets don’t even have locks for their cubicles. If you’re very lucky, you’ll get into a public bathroom with graffiti, faulty flushes, no locks, and no running water.
However, there are some (if not few) public bathrooms that are just a pleasure to look at. You’d wonder if you just accidentally found yourself in a posh hotel. These public bathrooms are very refreshing, and you’d be lucky to encounter them in one of your travels.