Ibis Hamilton Tainui
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TravelPod Member ReviewsIbis Hamilton Tainui
European efficiency (read small) without the charm. Once inside the building you could be anywhere in the world. No local touches. Expensive internet , with a small free allowance. Expensive breakfast.
Pro, very central, easy walk to town for more interesting and local experiences.
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... passion about the area. Through Kaikaia we continued our journey to the last destination: Bay of Islands – Paihia (East coast). Hostel: Seabeds, all renovated including cozy kitchen and lounge. Bit of a pity that we only staying for 1 night…You are not really able to enjoy the hostel and other travellers. We did’t really realised that it was Easter, until all the decoration and the Chocolate bun that was a present from the hostel…YUM! Explored Paihia a ...
... gum Customs: and here you said you have outdoor clothing... Me: ooh my new trainers, I've only worn them twice at the gym. I wouldn't normally wear them anywhere else. Customs: and what are your outdoor sports equipment? Me: my swimming goggles Customs: your goggles? Me: it says declare everything on the form! Customs: just go. And that's how my NZ journey ...
... it bubbling away and then sporadically explode! Back on the road we drive to Matamata so that we are close for tomorrow's trip to Hobbiton. The scenery on the way looked like we are already deep in the shire with the rounded rolling grassy hills. I've never seen fields like it other than in The Lord of the rings films! Once we arrive at the campsite we drop the van off and go straight into the geothermal heated pools for a relax which was ...
... they didn't 'suit' the old English feel that Tolkien had described. Other types of animals were brought on set and our tour guide laughed as he joked that 'no animals were harmed in the making of these films'. There is also a shelter in view of the camera as you look over Hobbiton from Frodo and Biblo's house which had to be covered in leaves and painted to avoid any reflection from the sun ruining the landscape.
When we arrived on set our tour guide walked us around ...
... we had the set all to ourselves!
We began the tour with Sam (not Samwise Unfortunatetly) who led us down into the spectacular movie set. As soon as we walked through a stone-lined path, we were in the Shire. There were two Hobbit holes right in front of us with the garden patch Bilbo runs through in the Hobbit!