Rotorua

Our next port of call after visiting the hobbits was the town of Rotorua. It is famous for its geothermal activity as well as adrenalin releasing activities. Sadly the campsites in town were quite pricey and the one further out sounded like it was really wet after the recent rain. Based on that we took…

Meeting the Hobbitses in Matamata

Our next stop was a place we were both excited see: Hobbiton. Now the town we stayed in is actually called Matamata, but location scouts for the Lord of the Rings films found a farm nearby, which was ideal as the set for Hobbiton. Initially, the whole set was temporary and made from polystyrene so…

Returning from Cape Reinga

The next day we started the long drive back south along the eastern side of Northland. This meant backtracking for about 100km before turning off long the scenic route around Doubtless Bay to Paihia. We arrived in time for a walk around town which was half closed in winter. We pitched our tent at the…

Roadtrip to Cape Reinga (One lane bridge, one lane bridge!)

The city of sails had been great, but now it was time to get out into the real New Zealand; starting by journeying north along the Kauri coast. We rented a car and picked up our tent, sleeping mats and some other essentials (mainly food) and set off. The north end of New Zealand is…