TO NEW ZEALAND
HOME OF LORD OF THE
Zealand is known as Middle Earth for its Lord of the Rings
and The Hobbit trilogies. New Zealand born Peter Jackson
filmed the entire six films in various locations around
New Zealand. Experience the stunning locations and lands
that starred as Middle-earth. This Academy Award winning
trilogy of films showcased the skills of the cast and crew.
One of the big winners however is New Zealand. It took two
years to film the LOTR trilogy but millions of years to
build the sets. The rolling hills of Matamata became Hobbiton,
while the volcanic region of Mt Ruapehu transformed into
the fiery Mt. Doom where Sauron forged The Ring, and Queenstown,
New Zealand's adventure capital, was the setting for numerous
scenes including the Eregion Hills, and the Pillars of Argonath.
Discover the movie magic when you
visit many of the stunning movie locations from Lord of
the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
IS A KIWI!
kiwi, New Zealand's national emblem, is a flightless
bird with a long, slender bill which it uses
to pull worms and insects out of the ground.
The kiwi is found only in New Zealand, it is
active at night in the wilderness areas of the
country. The kiwi bird was named for the sound
of its chirp - kiwi, kiwi, kiwi!
earliest known settlers arrived from the Takitimu
and Mataatua waka in the 12th century. It was
named "Tauranga", meaning "landing
Traders in flax were active in the Bay of
Plenty during the 1830s; some were transient,
others married local women and settled permanently.
The first permanent trader was James Farrow, who
traveled to Tauranga in 1829, obtaining flax fibre
for Australian merchants in exchange for muskets
and gunpowder. Farrow acquired half an acre of
land on 10 January 1838 at Otumoetai Pa- from
the chiefs Tupaea, Tangimoana and Te Omanu, the
earliest authenticated land purchase in the Bay
During the 1820s, missionaries from the Bay
of Islands visited the Tauranga district to obtain
supplies of potatoes, pigs and flax. In 1840,
a Catholic mission station was established. Bishop
Pompallier was given land within the palisades
of Otumoetai Pa- for a church and a presbytery.
The mission station closed in 1863 due to land
wars in the Waikato district.
TO NEW ZEALAND
to New Zealand. You will find a diverse range of scenery and
conditions from sub-tropical to a little colder down south in
the winter time. New Zealand can be enjoyed at a pace to suit
every age group. Grab a cheap flight to New Zealand for a game
of golf, Buy a map, hire a rental car, have an adventure and
fill your lungs with the smog free air New Zealand has to offer.
Accommodation from backpackers, bed and breakfast to luxury