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... site of the set for the village in The Hobbit. These movies were filmed throughout New Zealand. Other: there is mandatory seat rotation on the bus. AAT buses have a number above the seats but they are totally mixed up. You are to add one to your original number each day so people don't end up sitting with same group. For example we are 8 today which is fifth on left and 9 tomorrow is in the back. Why not do what past tours have asked, that is move two seats clockwise each ...
... of arriving at the Shire builds as we near the cafe at the entrance to the 1200-acre sheep farm within which the film set awaits our discovery. It's a well rehearsed operation here where green coaches with hobbit names ferry tourists by the hundreds back and forth each day. We buy our tickets, order some morning tea and wait for our hobbit-bus to depart -- as they do every 30 minutes. There's a work crew having smoko at a nearby table. They're ...
After our village visit we went to a place called Hell's Gate (named by I think George Bernard Shaw) where we went on a walk around lots of hot geysers, bubbling mud pools ...
... cheapie DOC site, although this one in particular was classed as a “scenic” site. WOW! As we pulled into our lakeside camp for the night it certainly was scenic, a beautiful blue lake nestled amongst towering hillside. We were more than happy to pay the warden. . .
The next day we headed towards kaituna river for we were going white water rafting! Not content with our 100metre abseil we ...
... there for a while. Mud pools represent a different geothermal feature. They are fed from steam and gas that result from boiling deep under the earth at 10-100m. These interact with geothermal fluid and ground water to form discolored pools and mudpots. The features are called acid sulphate – the fluids are acid and the dominant minerals are sulphate. The geothermal features reach the size of 45m across. Temperature of the water and mud varies from about 60°C to 80°C in the ...