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Adventures in Hobbitland: Cinematic New Zealand

In New Zealand, even a nondescript cutting in the woods can lead somewhere extraordinary. That magnetic pull to see what’s around the next bend, whether sparkling glacier or primeval forest, is my favorite thing about the country—its “round-the-corner-ness,” as I call it. Here on a sheep farm on the North Island, I feel the buzz. A clearing opens, and I feel a catch in my throat. Though I had steeled myself for an onslaught of souvenir kiosks, Hobbiton feels like more than a movie set for tourists: It’s my imagination brought to life.

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.

Affordable New Zealand: Family Style

National Geographic Traveler columnist Heather Greenwood Davis is the magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer. Here’s her latest advice.

Reader Recs: Life-Changing Childhood Trips

Traveling at a young age can be a transformative experience that leads to a lifetime of wanderlust. To celebrate the power of travel (and perhaps inspire a few parents out there), we asked our @NatGeoTravel Facebook fans to tell us about trips that made a lasting impression on them during their early years.

Reader Recs: Romantic Destinations

Planning a trip with that special someone? We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite romantic destinations, and they came through in a big way. Whether you’re looking for a tried-and-true classic or something more off the grid, our travel community has got you covered.

Nat Geo Travel Staff’s 2014 Bucket List

The staff at National Geographic Travel is always criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else. Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

High on Wine in New Zealand

If Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy were real it would still take place in New Zealand because no other place has so much natural enchantment. But the ring wraiths would be searching for grape clones instead of the gold ring, and Frodo would be uncorking a 2010 vintage Pinot Noir and not sweating the small stuff.

Volcano Tourism Erupts

Billowing ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano dashed travel plans in 2010, but travel to the icebound peak has been booming since that eruption grounded millions across Europe. Volcano tourism is flaring up globally, and Iceland isn’t the only hot spot.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

I Heart My City: Kate’s Christchurch

When travel blogger Kate Voyage isn’t scouring the globe for adventure, this Kiwi turns her attention to the home front. “Christchurch has all the big city conveniences,” she says, “but with fewer traffic jams.” After suffering devastating earthquakes over the past few years, Christchurch is finally on the rebound and it’s easy to see why. Here are a few of Kate’s favorite things about her home town.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.