Quest on Ward
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Marekbialczak stayed here on Nov 21, 2014 during their trip titled: Marekbialczak's Great Adventure.
... way so I went for it, completing it in about 17 minutes. Coming down is far more scary and a change of jeans was necessary (muddy bum!!). We continued south through Auckland and onto Hunua Falls, a spectacular waterfall and then onto our hotel for the night, the Hillside Resort in Huntley. We arrived just as the sun was setting. The hotel boasts the steepest hotel drive in New Zealand and it was like driving up the side of a mountain ...
... we had four empty carrier bags and of course, we filled them! Loo roll, kitchen roll, a beer (!???), cheese, hummus, Tommy k, salt, pepper, herbs, soup, baked beans, tinned spaghetti, avocados, hand soap, washing up liquid, orange juice, mango juice, nuts, cereal, cooking sauce, fishing rod (we left that) for FREEEE we were so giddy on leaving. We did of course go to the supermarket to fill our fridge with the other essentials! We were already enjoy our camper ...
Well the farmer owner of the land used for Hobbiton certainly knew when he was onto a good thing. Whilst the original set used in The Lord of the Rings films was dismantled after filming, surely it can't be a coincidence that after such international interest in the films the Hobbiton created for the Hobbit films (and used for a mere 12 days!) was created to be a permanent structure. You can pay NZ$ 75 to tour the set & with a tour of up ...
... factory, severely corroded by the sulfur gases. This experience was as if again we were on some other planet in the universe.
PS No photo of the Kiwi bird as it was in a nocturnal setting for the public to view, and photos of course were then prohibited as i expect we would then confuse this unique little bird.
PPS Attached is the website, well worth a view to get the magnitude of This White Island Active Volcano