There And Back Again, Post 3: Finding Mordor

After visiting Narnia, we drove to Hamilton – beautiful Botanical Gardens – and then to Rotorua to walk around the Blue Lake (it bears its name for a very, very good reason. It’s very, very blue). Next stop: the Tongariro National Park. We stayed in a town called Ohakune, located in the Park, in this cute little hostel with the very fitting name The Hobbit Motorlodge – and who are we kidding, of course we chose to stay there because of its name. Oh, and by the way, Ohakune was also the town where they set up camp while filming in Tongariro National Park, so there was the hotel they all staying in down the road from the hostel, which was a bit cool. Okay, back to the Park, because do you know what’s in there, apart from beautiful landscapes and wonderful things? Exactly: some other parts of Middle-Earth. For instance, a volcano, used for the distance shots in The Lord of the Rings. You have guessed correctly: it’s Mount Doom! Kinda.

 

Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand - AKA Mount Doom

Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand – AKA Mount Doom

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