Te Kowhai Landing
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- Non-smoking hotel
- Microwave in room
- Laundry facilities (self serve)
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Breakfast Available
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... and wondered around the town and to down to the lake side to see the view of Tongariro National Park's mountain range. It was awe-inspiring - all snow-peaked and shining against the pristine blue sky. It was also cool to spot Mount Ngauruhoe (or Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings, as it's better known). We then ate at a McDonald's with a plane, which you can eat inside of and went back to the hostel, where I Skyped my parents and got an early ...
... inner child a treat! Leaving Rotorua by the Hobbiton movie bus, our journey began in Lord of the Rings country! When we entered the diary farming region of New Zealand, we realised that we were really close. The movie set is actually on a sheep farmers land and there is now a dedicated business that keeps the maintenance of the live set in pristine condition. (http://www.hobbitontours.com). Oh the joy of wandering around hobbit holes and Hobbiton! The set was really amazing ...
... walk took about 2 hours (round trip) and followed the Waiheke river. There were some really lovely views and it was nice to have some extra company on the walk. We found out that the NZ kebabs are not a patch on those in Germany and that there were some hot pools you could use for free at the base of the trail (probably more useful). The falls themselves were really impressive. We were lucky with the weather and the sun was beaming when we got to the top. This makes the ...
... had, however almost all activities are out door based and all views are nearly non existent on such a cloudy, grey, rainy day. They do have one of the best McDonalds in the world though! The McDonalds is a aeroplane! And you go in the plane to eat! Pretty cool. We didn't go in but we saw it from the outside and as I'm writing this now I can't help but think why on earth did we not go in! As if this wasn't the perfect excuse ...
... be cold when we arrived. So, armed with the rather fetching attire of swimming shorts and a fleece, we headed to some free natural springs not having any idea what to expect. As we reached the main area, it was loaded with 10 or so grinning 'super cools' (remember?) so we continued a small accent to the spot above them where we found small intimate pool all to ourselves. I did have a slight wicked side that wanted to let a banana through the hot springs so ...