The end of New Zealand :(

Trip Start Jun 17, 2010
Trip End Jun 12, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Thursday, October 7, 2010

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.  Gardeners were in putting the grass down and planting flowers, the builders were finishing off Bilbo's house and I saw some of the new never seen before hobbit holes! I got my pic taken with me by one of the holes, and took quite a few photos - shame I cannot put them on here to show you all.  It was a really good couple of hours, and definitely put a lid on the end of my New Zealand and also LOTR adventure.

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
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