18 south pacific CAPE PALLISER: AWE-INSPIRING COASTLINE Named by no less a seafaring authority than Captain James Cook (in honor of “his worthy friend” Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser of the British Royal Navy), Cape Palliser is a scintillating seaside area that lies about a two-hour drive from New Zealand’s North Island coastal capital of Wellington. The drive from the country’s capital city along the North Island’s southernmost point is captivating in and of itself, winding through the jaw-dropping Rimatuka Mountain Range before unfolding into a substantial stretch of awe-inspiring coastline. During this drive, you’re likely to see dozens of fur seals soaking in the sun all along the rugged and rock-hewn beaches. Once at Cape Palliser, you can climb a winding and steep staircase to the haunting, unmanned red-and-white striped Cape Palliser Lighthouse — and soak in even more incredible views from your new vantage point. HOBBITON LETS YOU VISIT MIDDLE EARTH If you’re like most people, you’re at least somewhat familiar with the award-winning series of Lord of the Rings films directed by New Zealand native Peter Jackson. While those films are renowned for their cutting-edge special e‹ects and top-end costume and filmmaking executions, they also owe much of their popularity to the timeless appeal of Jackson’s home country, where a large amount of filming took place. Hobbiton is perhaps the most well-known (and frequently visited) filming location, and a visit to this sprawling set on a family-run farm transports you to that magical spot in Middle Earth known as The Shire. From exploring the tiny Hobbit houses to tilting back a cold one at The Green Dragon Inn, THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO EXPLORE AND EXPERIENCE THIS UNFORGETTABLE CORNER OF THE COUNTRY.