New Zealand should put that on an oversized sign in every airport.
The scenery is spectacular, the food is amazing, the people are friendly, helpful and, well, awesome.
Fifteen days of travelling around this glorious country resulted in over eight hundred photos. Yes, some of them are less than useful, but that's on me - no faulting the landscape, I don't think there's an unattractive area in the Land of the Long White Cloud.
I've decided I really like campervanning and New Zealand is the perfect place for it. The roads are good and the holiday parks planted in just the right locations for some early morning photos - if, of course, you're an early riser like I am (my siblings, not so much).
We started in the north island, at Hobbiton - as you do. There are plenty of photographs out there of the set, but here's one I think a lot of people miss from the Green Dragon Inn:
It was on a pillar, near the second bar and the roaring fire. If we had a Green Dragon Inn near where I live? I'd be there most nights.
I've been sorting through the photographs and pausing, remembering how and where I took each shot; needless to say, I've not been able to finish the entire lot. When I do, I'll post - there could be quite a few given the photogenic nature of the country. I'm also still sorting through my adventures, getting them all in order. When you're having a good time, no, a great time, every day is fabulous and runs together.
Maybe I'll be able to put together a better travelogue, once I've settled the squealie fan-girl moments.
But I'm already planning another trip next year.