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The Shire – by Alex

by on June 20, 2016

Note: I started this blog the day of our activities, and ended it the day after. I have no idea how this lines up to the time in America, so I am sorry if there were no posts to read one morning. I would just like to say two things, 1) Happy Winter solstice, and 2) We had some issues uploading images, so that is why there are not as many photos as normal. The internet was too slow to go picture-heavy.

Today, we did a lot of driving. We started by driving from Rotorua to Hobbiton. Well not exactly Hobbiton, but the actual movie set for the village in the Lord of the Rings movies, on a farm.  In Hobbiton, we saw lots of cool things. First off, there was an interesting sign:


I only like my tourists certified organic

When we got there, we saw some exteriors of Hobbit houses. The interiors were in a studio in Wellington. There was one full-sized one, and lots of little ones.

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An example of a hobbit house from the Hobbit trilogy. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in the same area, but they destroyed the sets after they were done.

I must say, I prefer the set tours to a theme park. There were no interiors to these houses, besides an interior that was just large enough to fit a camera, a camera crew of 30 people, and the actors. Also, the interiors were furnished just enough so that when the filmed scenes by the door, the scenes looked real. The landscapes were stunning, and no matter where you took a photo, it turned out great. We then went to the Green Dragon pub/inn/whatever it is.

The building next to the Green Dragon

The building next to the Green Dragon

We had some scones and muffins there, which were really yummy. We then got back on the bus, and headed on to Taupo. There, we saw a cool waterfall (it was short, but moved a lot of water) and then went on to see some thermal springs.


One of many geothermal vents

At the end of the day, we drove to Napier. The drive to Napier had barely any named cities on the Apple Maps. These ‘cities’ were about 7 km long, because the one farm that was on it had a 7km length. We finally got to Napier, had a lovely dinner, looked at a bit of the Art Deco architecture, and then returned to our hotel for a lovely sleep with an electric blanket. This is what we did today.

I made a map of our drive through New Zealand:

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