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The Movie Geek’s Guide to Wellington

The landscapes of New Zealand’s North Island hold cinematic cachet. “The Piano” starred a black-sand surf beach in Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges; Kiwi Andrew Adamson transformed nearby Woodhill Forest into a witch’s camp in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe;” and Hollywood tapped Mount Taranaki in “The Last Samurai.” But when time is limited, Wellington provides ample sites, lore, and glimpses behind the scenes of a robust local film industry. Here’s a brief guide to the hot spots movie nerds should hit in the Kiwi capital.

In Praise of the Imperfect Photograph

We take photography for granted now. We snap away on our cellphones and sort through them by the dozens, deleting the ones that aren’t worthy of a 16×9 canvas. We filter, crop, and manipulate, but in doing so it occurs to me that we are losing something.

Just Back: Santiago, Chile

National Geographic Traveler associate editor Susan O’Keefe always thought of Santiago, Chile, as a prelude to skiing in the Andes or hiking through Patagonia. But on a recent trip she was taken in by the city’s grand colonial architecture, wide boulevards, and charming neighborhoods. Here are some of the high points of Susan’s trip, in her own words.

@NatGeoTravel Staff Picks: Summer Festivals

In the mood to celebrate among the masses? There’s nothing quite like an outdoor festival to make the summer season seem official. Here are a few of the @NatGeoTravel team’s favorite open-air festivals to inspire your next trip.

Instagram of the Month: Zion Narrows

Yasmin Tajik is a portrait photographer whose passion for travel has taken her in a new career direction. She brought her stunning images of Utah’s Zion National Park to photo producer Tyler Metcalfe’s attention by tagging her photos with #NatGeoTravelPic on Instagram. Here’s a peek at how she managed to capture this winning shot of The Narrows.

A Moveable Feast: Exploring Quebec City

It’s hard not to eat yourself silly in Quebec City. Luckily, biking and walking are the best ways to explore this outdoor wonderland. Here are a few highlights of my moveable feast.

Last Call: Enter Nat Geo’s Travel Photo Contest

Ever dreamed of being a Nat Geo photographer? Well, here’s your chance to make that dream a reality. But you’re going to have to act fast: The deadline for the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is coming up on Tuesday, June 30. Don’t miss your last chance to enter…and win big.

Generation Next: The World’s Young Eco Warriors

The days of children waiting around for grown-ups to save the planet are over. Nowadays, they’re taking conservation action into their own hands.

World Calendar: Must-Attend July Events

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in July.

Big Cities, Great Escapes

When it’s just too darn hot, these are the go-to getaways for city dwellers around the world.

I Heart My City: Erin’s Madrid

Madrid “feels like the Spanish best friend you never had—one that welcomes you with open arms, tasty tapas and drinks, and good times,” says local Erin Ridley. “Really, it’s hard not to feel like you belong here.” Here are a few of Erin’s favorite things about the city she’s proudly called home for seven years.

Quebec’s Grande Dame: Château Frontenac

Few hotels define an urban skyline like the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. This grande dame, which lords over Quebec City from a cliff overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, is one of the most photographed hotels in the world, and it’s easy to see why. It’s hard to take a picture of the city without the formidable property creeping into the frame. Here’s a look at the icon’s past and present.