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New Zealand

There And Back Again

New Zealand Wins Again With Another Fantastic Hobbit Themed Travel Commercial

We were very impressed with Air New Zealand’s Middle-Earth inspired pre-flight safety briefing video, but this one takes it up a notch. Check it out for yourself, you just might see a few familiar faces or hear a familiar voice.

Previously in The Hobbit

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: If The Shining Were a Goosebumps Book

Tumblr If It Were Stine imagines what classic horror movies would look like as Goosebumps books. This is my favorite, with Carrie as a close second. (Nerd Approved)

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My Precious!

Be Stunned by the Unreal New Zealand Locations We Know as Middle Earth [VIDEO]


In case you were doubting whether the amazing scenery in The Lord of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit were real, prepare to be rendered speechless. I know that the video ends with Martin Freeman basically telling me to go to New Zealand, but I don’t care that I’ve fallen for the tourism marketing. I want to go there and back again.

(via Blastr)

Previously in The Hobbit

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My Precious!

Concerning Pickles, The Cat Who Lives In New Zealand’s Hobbiton

As if you needed another reason to visit New Zealand, meet Pickles. She’s basically all Gail Simone has talked about today on Twitter. Simone is visiting Hobbiton, the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit set tours and experience in NZ and learned an interesting story about this cat. After someone from the set saw a bag thrown from a truck, they discovered it was filled with kittens. Sadly, only one survived, but happily, she was named Pickles and lives a wonderful Hobbity life. “Once a day, Pickles goes down to the Green Dragon Inn to get delicious scraps from the kitchen. It’s the most adorable thing ever,” tweeted Simone, adding, “They are taking pictures of the cat to make a children’s book, ‘Pickles Goes to Hobbiton.’ Happiest cat ever.” One more shot of Pickles after the jump!

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Things We Saw Today: Firefly Fans, Wear Your Displeasure With Fox On A Shirt

Now you can wear your reaction to the great Jayne Hat Debacle of 2013 on a shirt. Clothingception. BRRRRM. (via Fashionably Geek, shirt available here)

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Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

For Its 50th Anniversary, Doctor Who Becomes Money

If there’s one thing that’s pretty clear about New Zealand, it’s that the people in charge of things that are generally treated like pretty serious business by society, for example, airlines and the national mint, have absolutely no qualms about waving their geek flags high. I guess when your country becomes the world’s idea of where Middle Earth is, embracing it is the easiest option. But we’re not here to talk about folks with fuzzy feet or faces. The New Zealand mint is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who by issuing a commemorative coin.

But, like a lot of things, the best part of this is the box that it comes in.

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There And Back Again

I Wonder If They Do Drinks With Little Umbrellas: Real Green Dragon Pub Opens on Hobbiton Shooting Location

As if you needed another reason to vacation in New Zealand, the newly refurbished shooting set for Hobbiton, complete with Hobbit holes designed to last this time, is now graced with a real Green Dragon pub. Which you can go to. And buy drinks from. And if you’re dating a girl named Rosie and she’s a LotR fan, you are honorbound to propose to her there.

This is their weathervane.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Instance #592 of New Zealand Being Really Into This Hobbit Movie

Apparently New Zealand’s official passport stamps invite travelers to Middle Earth. I cannot even act like I’m surprised. (The Huffington Post)

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Things We Saw Today: When You Play the Game of Thrones, You Rock or You Die

By IG-HateyHate; available for purchase on a t-shirt at RedBubble. Via Fashionably Geeky.

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Things We Saw Today: Go to a Midnight IMAX Screening of The Hobbit and You’ll Nab Some Free Posters

If you see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in IMAX, not only will you see the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness, too, you’ll also get four special character posters: Bilbo (above), Gandalf, Thorin, and Gollum. Alas, the giveaway is only for the midnight IMAX screenings, so get your tickets if you haven’t already. You can see the other three images at /Film.

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