New Zealand: WETA and The Weta

There are a couple of good reasons to visit or not to visit the antipodean playground that is New Zealand. One is the glorious and varied landscape that movie effects house WETA used as the basis for Middle Earth, the fantasy world of J R R Tokien's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit stories.

If you are at all squirmy about BIG bugs (I am - they give me the willies) then you might not want to visit the land of the Weta (after which WETA was named, funnily enough). Wetas look like mutant crickets, and while not poisonous they can bite or scratch if provoked, like most creatures. The Giant Weta is also, well, a giant bug.

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