Just in case you're worried that New Zealand has morphed into the Williamsburg of the South Pacific, here's proof that some things never change.
Here's the solution to Auckland's housing crisis. Why didn't anyone think of this before? It's not like you've got a shortage of paddocks. Or shovels. Just remember to leave the gumboots outside the door.
We could use skills like that out at Big Bay, there's some gorse that needs cutting.
The Shire is what everyone outside of New Zealand thinks it actually looks like. On second thought, they're not wrong, throw in a couple of chickens and it could be a Manawatu lifestyle block...
Peter Jackson's attention to detail is legendary, right down to the honey pots that appear on screen for less than 10 frames. Although in the Director's Cut they probably get 10 minutes.
The only house in New Zealand without a Sky dish. Whatever did those hobbits do during college football season?
To put the finishing touches on Bag End, Bilbo's hole, Jackson had a fake oak tree constructed above it, right down to the individual plastic leaves that had to be glued on by hand one at a time. Perhaps Weta's server farm was too busy rendering Legolas skiing down an elephant.
Finally, that Pre-War apartment you've been waiting for! Hang on, when you said Pre-War you didn't mean the Battle of Helm's Deep?
Looks like Samwise Gamgee already got his hands on the cheese. You mean to tell me you had your hands on the One Ring to Rule Them All and all you did with it was raid the cheese monger? No wonder the 30-Day Mordor Starvation Diet failed to yield results.
Just like the never-ending ending of Return of the King these Shire shots are dragging.
Did anyone actually see this in the movie? There's a reason it didn't make the cut. Luckily the footage was recycled in the straight-to-internet Return of the J00ster.
Even the classic Kiwi road-side stall has gone all hipster, complete with combi van and handmade organic fruit ice cream.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Middle Earth, Ryan is enjoying a day out at Auckland Zoo. Which way to the Ent Enclosure?
Yes very tall. You might get there, depends on whether Mommy's genes are dominant.
Looks like Daddy may have won this round of yum yums. Xi'an Cumin Lamb or a cold leftover spaghetti noodle?
Ryan is already an old hand at this whole cafe culture thing. Luckily there's an Aussie cafe right around the corner from home on, wait for it, Lexington Avenue.
The sharks know a juicy morsel when they see one. Don't worry, Daddy studied fluid dynamics and he says this cylinder is the optimal shape to spread the weight of the water. Too bad he got that question wrong in the exam.
Continuing the tour of bays that aren't Big Bay, we present Mission Bay. It's got sun and sand and Pohutukawas, but it's missing the A380 on short finals.
The best thing about owning a bach under the flight path is you check on it without having to drive 1.5 hours.
When you're tiny every seat is lie flat.
Times Square at 30 minutes to midnight on New Year's Eve. I know it's not the Sky Tower or anything, but sometimes you just have to make do with what you've got.