The end of New Zealand :(
Trip Start Jun 17, 2010
41Trip End Jun 12, 2011
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Well after my big walk the day before I leave the next day for the airport - but of course I didn't forget to include one last LOTR trip in - Hobbiton! So I set off early to get up to Matamata before my flight that night to Australia.
I find the I site at Matamata where I know I'm definitely in LOTR land, "the shire" is the entrance to the I site, and a big statue of Gollum stands in the town center . I get my ticket and have to sign a contract stating that I will not show the photo's I take of Hobbiton to anyone - due to re-building work taking place as the Hobbit is due to start filming next year (YAY) and then I travel up to Hobbiton, where I wait at the cafe ready for my tour. A big bus takes a load of about 20 of us down to the movie set - on the way down I saw some of the new hobbit holes and got a little bit excited! Once there our guide took us all around Hobbiton, some of the holes had not been started and were just like a building site, while others were finished and ready to go, and looked really good
I travel onwards to the airport and drop my old banger of a car that served me well. I cant believe NZ is done! - I have had the best time here, and have enjoyed every moment - I will be coming back, if just to do the Tongariro crossing again! I will definitely miss it here, so I hope Oz proves itself once again, otherwise I'll be on a plane back here!
Bye bye New Zealand xxx