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New Zealand, You Have Hobbit Holes, You Don’t Need To Try So Hard [VIDEO]

There And Back Again

Here we have a New Zealand tourism promotion. Let’s set aside the fact I already wanted to go to both New Zealand and Australia long before Peter Jackson ever took his crews there, the Lord of the Rings films pretty much assured they’d have geek tourists traveling there or years to come. But what I love about this advertisement is that they are so very aware of that fact. Watch as the New Zealand travel board tries to convince is they are totally just Middle Earth made real.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."