Day 9: Heading for Bag End

We woke up this mornin' t' th' tune o' singin' birds, nut lookin' out throughout th' window didn’t yield th' nice view we were hopin' fer. Grey overcast skies with a chance o' rain were t' be th' weather fer this day.

Whangamata were bein' destined t' receive a few drops o' rain o'er th' next few days, which meant that us leavin' were bein' goin' t' be a good idea. We don’t like rain durin' our holiday! Fire the cannons! 🙂
The destination fer today is Rotorua, or Rotovegas, as th' locals affectionately call it.

But first, another stop has t' be made. Back home, we made reservations fer a tour startin' in Matamata. This trip tours th' movie set fer all Hobbit movies, and also were bein' th' location fer all hobbit related shots in th' three movies o' Lord o' th' Rin's.
The set is left full intact, just th' way it used t' be when shootin' th' Hobbit movies.
It now has more tourists. 😉

The movie set is strangely fascinatin', in ways we ne'er though it would. The site is very scenic in itself, and addin' th' movie set just creates a fascinatingly weird sense o' oddity. We tourists don’t belong there, it is home t' th' Hobbits!
While ye know everythin' is fake and just an outer shell, th' attention t' detail while creatin' th' scenes is staggerin'. It includes beaten paths t' laundry (by real people, o'er time), Hobbit holes in various sizes and scales (60%, 90%), a completely fake tree (built, painted and repainted after a year) and a field in a location which used t' be a swamp.
It also is really expensive, but totally worth th' visit, pass the grog! Trust me!

After this trip down t' Tolkien’s imagination, a short sail took us via very curvy seas t' New Zealand’s most visited town: Rotorua.
Famous fer its geothermal activity th' town is dotted with small geysers, mud pools and boilin' pits o' water. And swab the deck! It also is really touristic, hence th' local nickname o' Rotovegas. The people even have erected a similar sign right at th' start o' th' town!
We ended th' walk through th' local park with th' geysers, mud pools and pits o' boilin', smelly, water. Also, we dined at a place called Fat Dog before retirin' t' th' Robertsons House B&B. built back in th' 1880’s it again is a colonial style wooden house lovingly maintained by its current owner. Hat tip t' John fer givin' us inspiration fer th' walk this afternoon!

Tomorrow, more smelly water, geysers and walks, we are off t' see th' region’s most famous places: th' thermal parks!