The world’s most beautiful places – according to film location scouts

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Before Game of Thrones shot new scenes for Season 7 at Spain’s quiet San Juan de Gaztelugatxe heritage site, not many of us knew of its existence. Now, for fans of the show at least, it’s highly recognisable as the dramatic backdrop for Dragonstone, Daenerys Targaryen’s castle – and, following the release of the lastest season, started drawing some 2,500 tourists per day.

Croatia’s Dubrovnik was subject to the same surge in interest after King’s Landing was shot there in earlier seasons of the show, and continues to be overrun six years later.

Similarly, the Lord of the Rings franchise was attributed, at least in part, to a staggering 50 per cent growth in tourism in New Zealand, where it was filmed, between the release of the first movie in 2001 and 2016.

Read @ Telegraph.co.uk

“Stunning Photos Capture One Man’s 40-Day Trip Across New Zealand”

Wow – good stuff. As if I didn’t want to visit NZ badly enough already…

Florian Wenzel New Zealand Travel Photography

German photographer Florian Wenzel recently spent 40 days traveling through New Zealand, taking in its gorgeous landscape. Wenzel not only returned home with unforgettable memories, but a set of breathtaking photographs that demonstrate why New Zealand is a photographer’s paradise. Continue reading ““Stunning Photos Capture One Man’s 40-Day Trip Across New Zealand””

Drop your words into giant origami boat for National Poetry Day competition 

What a clever way to  celebrate National Poetry Day!

The boat is part of a competition, inviting people  to submit words related to the sea into it to be in to win dinner ...

The public are invited to drop a word relating to the sea, along with contact details, into the boat. They will receive an instant prize of a biscuit and a poem from one of two new collections of poetry, Keel & Drift by Adrienne Jansen and Everything is Here by Rob Hack and go into the draw to win dinner for two and a cruise on a boat in Mana or copies of these collections.

Full Story:  Drop your words into giant origami boat for National Poetry Day competition | Stuff.co.nz

NZ’s Banksy, Paul Walsh, turns street art into full-time career | Newshub

You’ll know Paul Walsh – if not by name, certainly by his art.

If you’ve ever seen a funky utility box on the street, perhaps decorated with a Ziggy Stardust hamster or texting monkey, then it’s one of his. The pastel-palmed painter has been slowly spraying his work all through the country and into the hearts of Kiwis.

It’s gotten so big, he’s been able to quit his day job as a website designer. What started out as artistic graffiti turned into a full-time art career.

Source: NZ’s Banksy, Paul Walsh, turns street art into full-time career | Newshub