Windy Wellington boots

Our last stop on the north island was the capital of New Zealand: Wellington. Even though Auckland is much bigger, Wellington was selected because is is much closer to the south island. We arrived there after a 3 hour bus journey from Palmerston North. Our plan was to couchsurf and all had fallen apart on…

Farmstay in Fielding

For the next three days, we took a little break from travelling and instead decided to couchsurf on a sheep farm. In fact, we had been invited by our hosts while we were looking for a place in Auckland and decided some time on the farm would be fun. We caught the bus to Bulls…

Taupo (Toepaw) and the Tongariro

We arrived in Taupo nice and early, but had a fairly decent and heavily laden walk to our campsite. We were back to camping for the last time on the north island which was a nice thought. We were also both looking forward to having a car and not needing to carry all of our…

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…