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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

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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.

The 10 Best Urban Islands

Looking for an escape from the turmoil of urban existence? Many waterfront cities have island havens where nature beckons, just a quick step across a bridge or a short ferry ride away. Here are ten worth seeing.

I Heart My City: Kids Edition

It’s time for another special edition of I Heart My City! This time we’re serving up recommendations for the best educational experiences for kids (and kids at heart) in 15 cities around the world from the people who know them best: our ever-inspirational I Heart My City community. They also happen to be fun.

I Heart My City (in the Summer)

The first official day of summer is tomorrow (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d kick it off right: with a special edition of I Heart My City. Here are 20 quintessential summer must-dos from past I Heart contributors all around the globe.

I Heart My City: Charlotte’s Wellington, New Zealand

Kia Ora (Welcome!) to another Wednesday edition of I Heart My City. Today’s insider guide to Wellington, New Zealand comes from Intelligent Travel reader, Charlotte B., a Parisian expat who came to town on a holiday visa and never left. What does she love most about Wellington? Charlotte wrote, “It’s a city without being a…

A Sip of New Zealand Cocktail Culture

Grant Martin raises a glass to the charming class of cocktail mixers who don’t phone it in on a Monday night. There isn’t much to do on a Monday night in Wellington, New Zealand. As many travelers know, socializing is an important part of any cross-country trip – meeting new locals, absorbing culture and evolving…