After surviving one of the scariest moments i had in India (that’s another story for another time!) my friends and i had settled into the hotel room and decided to brave the crazy Mumbai streets in search of adventure!
I must confess i didn’t know a whole lot about Mumbai except for the fact that it was a massive city with about the same population as my entire country and that it was home to the Bollywood scene!
When searching for things to do and see i stumbled across the Gateway of India – a stunning arch monument set alongside the shore of the Arabian Sea.
The “Gateway of India” was built to commemorate the arrival of King George V (the King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India from 1910 to 1936) as well as his wife Queen Mary. Construction took place over 13 years and the Arch was completed in 1924.
It truly was a magical sight to see and one of my highlights from exploring Mumbai!
This week I got to cross a major New Zealand Bucket List item off my to do list – exploring Hobbiton!
Hobbiton is the remains of the movie set used in the Lord of the Rings & Hobbiton film series and is a major tourist draw card for New Zealand. Many years later the films still have a cult following and even those amongst us who aren’t hard-core fans still make the journey to visit this special place.
My friends Kaitlin, Yuli & I had an early bus to catch from downtown Auckland at the main bus terminal to the town of Matamata – about two and a half hours south. The bus journey itself was cool as we got to drive through some incredible scenery and small towns on the way including a quick pit stop in the city of Hamilton.
As soon as we arrived in Matamata we awaited our bus to take us out to the farm where the filming took place. We were greeting by our guide when we arrived and were quickly immersed into the world of Bag End. The scenery and backdrops that still stand today and were used in the film are absolutely iconic and recognisable by anyone – the unique quirky “hobbit houses” and the big tree by the lake being the main highlights.
After many selfies and learning bits and pieces about the location we made our way to The Green Dragon Inn – the local bar where the hobbits would meet and where we enjoyed a drink by the fireplace before leaving this truly magical place.
I was scared that i might leave New Zealand without having visited Hobbiton so i’m so so grateful i got the oppurtunity to experience it! Whether you’re a fan of the movies or not i 1000% recommend checking this place out!
You can check out the tours and pricing here at http://www.hobbitontours.com/
We booked our return day trip buses from Auckland through https://www.intercity.co.nz/
If you’ve been to Hobbiton reply down below with a selfie and tell me all about it or otherwise tell me if it’s on your New Zealand bucket list!
G’day Guys! Sorry long time no chat – please accept this messy drunken vlog made with love all the way from Auckland, New Zealand as my apology. Auckland is still awesome and I’m loving life! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @gdaymatejohn for more up to date drunken selfies! 🙂
Last week i had the incredible opportunity to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service here in Auckland, New Zealand.
What made it so significant you ask? Firstly for those who are unsure – Anzac Day is a memorial day observed each year in remembrance of soldiers from both Australia and New Zealand who have died whilst serving their country. It’s a bond that our two countries have and something that felt really special for me to be a part of here in New Zealand.
Out of respect i didn’t vlog during the morning service but did manage to share a bit of what was happening – also afterwards they opened up the War Memorial & Museum for the public and i got to wander around and see everything – which was amazing! Check out the video below!
I’m still so thrilled to be here in Auckland and still have lots of exciting things to do planned! Hope you’re enjoying the videos catch you soon guys! 🙂
Come check out the Auckland Pride Parade!
Some new mates and I headed along to Ponsonby, just outside of the downtown Auckland area, to watch the Gay Pride Parade in action! Afterwards we wandered along to K Road – a nightclub strip – in the city.
Drunken shenanigans ensued! Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel here to keep up with the adventure!
I remember many years ago (long before i caught the wanderlust bug) meeting two backpackers where I lived in the very touristy town of the Gold Coast, Australia.
They would talk about surfing in Bali, hitchhiking around Europe, chatting up South American girls and many other travel related things all day long.
What specifically stuck in my head all these years later was when one of them was happy to stay on the Gold Coast working for a few months longer and the other one wanted to head south for the “Ski Season”.
I had no idea what that meant. Plus being someone who really struggles in cold temperatures I couldn’t think of anything worse than deliberately going to the snow.
Fast forward many years and I now find myself in New Zealand surrounded by people who are making plans to head to the South Island for winter for this mysterious “Ski Season”.
At first you would think I would have the same thoughts as before – struggling in the cold, not knowing anything worse than being in the snow – but for some bizarre reason
I can see people’s eyes light up when they talk about applying for jobs for the season,
I can hear the enthusiasm in their voice at being able to ski and snowboard in their spare time, and
I can feel their excitement at the thought of being in amongst it during the “Ski Season”.
And when i look at it through their eyes, i feel the same way.
I must confess – being nice and warm is more appealing to me than freezing to death!
But exploring the world and experiencing everything it has to offer appeals to me more.
Maybe i should look into this “Ski Season” thing a bit more? . . .
OMG Yum! In this episode of Lost In India we treated ourselves to a fancy dinner in Connaught Place, New Delhi before hitting up the poolside bar and getting our Hookah on! New Delhi is so so amazing and i can’t wait to return there one day!
Anyways, enjoy New Delhi with the video below while you can as the next stop for Lost In India is Agra and the Taj Mahal! Show this video some love and let me know in the comments what your favourite Indian dish is and if you’ve ever tried hookah!