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Oh hey, it’s me again just here to ramble on about yet another waterfall. Before you consider hitting that little red X in the corner, though, you might want to stick around as Marokopa Falls is a goodie! One of the best, in fact.  It’s no secret that New Zealand is one of the most geographically stunning countries on this here planet we call home, and you don’t even have to visit the country yourself to work that out (seriously, you don’t, you can just check out these 27 photos of the North Island, it’s cheaper than a plane ticket). New Zealand landscapes are plastered absolutely everywhere – in movies, on adverts, in print, you name it. It’s like the Universe is sending us all subliminal messages that New Zealand is, ya know, the greatest (after Wales, of course) and we should all move there when the rest of the…

Before the magical world of Harry Potter came into my life, The Hobbit was actually the first “fantasy” book I ever read. I say ‘read’ but use the term very loosely – my godmother bought me a copy of this beautifully illustrated version for either Christmas or my birthday way back in 1998-9, and I remember spending hours just devouring the pictures, stroking the glossy pages and trying to read the words but not really succeeding. The Hobbit is hard-going stuff for a six-year-old. At some point during my childhood, I did manage to finish reading the whole thing – pictures and words, pat on the back for me – and found myself in complete and utter awe at the intricacies of this whole entire universe JRR Tolkien had invented and brought to life all those years ago. Fast forward 15 years to Spring of 2014 and I’m living in…