Monday, June 02, 2014


There will be intermittent reports for the next couple of weeks as I am currently in New Zealand on vacation. Or something like that.

If you didn't know they shot "The Lord of the Rings" or "The Hobbit" in New Zealand before you got here, it's hard to miss the fact once you arrive - particularly in Wellington. The airport has a sign on the front of it: Middle of Middle Earth. At one point they were planning to put up a sign Wollywood, in the style of the Hollywood sign, but they ended up not doing it. I'm not sure if I'm happy about that or not.

We went up in the bush and saw signs for Rivendell, and yes, it's the location of the shooting for Rivendell in the film, not a real place called Rivendell.

One other interesting thing about Wellington; they have these Wine Trail signs. The only problem; they don't actually seem to have any wineries in Wellington. Not that I've found, anyway.