Rivendell is the fictional Elven outpost in Middle-earth, created by J.R.R. Tolkien and brought to life by Peter Jackson in his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Peter Jackson filmed his Rivendell scenes in the picturesque Kaitoke Regional Park just 45 minute drive north of Wellington, New Zealand. It’s a popular site to visit in Wellington so I of course had to visit as well! I can see why Peter Jackson choice Kaitoke Regional Park for his Rivendell because it is incredibly peaceful and beautiful there. The lush green fields, vibrant rain forest, and rushing streams are the perfect home for Elves and a wonderful place to spend the day for us mere humans as well. 🙂
Categories: New Zealand, Wellington
Tags: hiking, Hobbit, Kaitoke, Kaitoke Regional Park, Lord of the Rings, LOTR, New Zealand, Pakuratahi, park, Rivendell, river, swing bridge, Wellington
My first New Zealand road trip is in the books! Our group drove the four hours north to the resort town of Taupo, an adventurers paradise located on the shore of Lake Taupo. We spent Saturday and Sunday exploring the lake, waterfalls, geothermal fields and hot springs! Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake and feeds the Waikato River which flows over Huka Falls. We were also treated views of the active volcanoes of Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom from the Lord of the Rings films) from the lake and we had beautiful Autumn weather all weekend. The most popular thing to do in the area is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, but I’m still working up to be in shape for that all day hike!
Categories: New Zealand
Tags: Craters of the Moon, falls, geothermal, geothermal field, hike, hiking, hot spring, Huka, Huka Falls, Huka Falls Spa Park Walk, lake, Lake Taupo, Maori, Maori Rock Carvings, New Zealand, North Island, river, road trip, rock carvings, spa park, steam, swimming, Taupo, thermal spring, Waikato River, waterfall
It wouldn’t be a Kayla trip without cramming in as many activities as possible in a short time frame. I’ll sleep when I’m dead! Seize the day! You only live once! These cliched phrases are my mottoes when I travel. I never know when I’ll be back to a certain place so I want to see as much of it as possible while I’m there. And my recent trip to San Francisco was no exception to my rule.
Tags: Alamo Square, AT&T Park, baseball, bay, brewery, bridge, cable car, California, Cook's Meadow, Crooked Street, El Capitan, Fisherman's Wharf, forest, Ghirardelli, Golden Gate, Golden Gate Bridge, granite, Half Dome, hike, hiking, ice cream, Lombard, Lombard Street, Merced River, Mist Trail, Muir Woods, Muir Woods National Monument, national park, NoCal, NorCal, Painted Ladies, Pier 39, Presidio, redwood, river, rock, San Fran, San Francisco, seafood, Sentinel Rock, SF, stadium, street car, trees, trolley, Union Square, Vernal Fall, waterfall, Yosemite, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park