In 2006 we started thinking about a big trip to New Zealand. We saved our holidays up, saved our money up and flew out in Feb 2007 for 4 ½ weeks (taking into account the flying time). We drove over 3,400 miles, visited both Islands, ate and drank wonderfully, saw things we’ll never forget and experienced a place like nowhere else of earth.

The blog was called WillWeSeeHobbits because it was the height of the Lord of the Rings mania. As much as we loved the books and the films we didn’t;lt want to go on any LOTR themed trips and was expecting to see touristy ‘Hobbitses’ wherever we went. There wasn’t and apart from seeing Mt Doom it was LOTR, and Hobbit, free.