Grand Hotel Rotorua
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At $99 New Zealand dollars (£50) this friendly hotel offers great value for money and a free continental breakfast as well.
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Leaving Hamilton behind us, we left promptly as we had an appointment at Hobbiton, (really Matamata). We had booked to go to the location of where The Lord of the Rings and latterly The Hobbit (Parts 1,2 and 3!) had been filmed. It was on the way to Rotorua anyway, where I would be staying for the evening. Guy had been some 8 years before, but then …
... where we were staying the night. I had been really looking forward to learning more about the Maori culture and meeting some Maori people who still take part in the traditions. A marae is a greeting house used by the Maori people for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, ceremonies and funerals and you have to be invited to stay, you can't just walk in (or so I'm told anyway!) On the bus, Chase explained to us some of what to expect when we arrived and we had ...
... to bother purchasing the official pictures, but on viewing them we agreed that we all looked great, so we paid up. After all that excitement a coffee was just what we needed, and the cafe had panoramic views over the lake, Mokoia island and Mt Tarawera, a volcano with its distinctive shape of a collapsed cone. There is also a jelly bean shop there with fantastic pictures made entirely with the sweets – the artists had recreated Harry ...
... are the way to go here!
The Red Woods:
So, if you've been to the redwood and old growth forests of the western coast of the USA, then the trees kind of pale in comparison. That being said, the hike around and p the mount is another story! If you can't already tell, New Zealand is a really beautiful country. I understand why they decided that it would be an excellent location to film Middlearth. The Whakarewarewa Forest Preserve is such a good ...
... and yummy it was! On the way back the bus driver entertained us by singing. The most memorable being she'll be coming round the mountain when she comes whilst driving round and round the roundaboutbout! Extremely hilarious!
We then made our way to Napier which was a town rebuilt in an art deco style after an earthquake in 1931. We spent some time in the earthquake exhibition learning ...