Well we chose the perfect day to do the LOTRs tour, because after that it began to rain again as we headed north back to Auckland we stopped in Rotorua for a bit longer and spent New Years eve there. Due to the rain we didn't do much apart from some souvenier shopping and book our tours to Hobbiton and the Buried Village. Unfortunately as the release date for the Hobbit films are not until the end of this year and next year all of my photos can't go online, we even had to sign a contract saying that we would not put anything online or mention anything that we were told about the film set/film. But as I don't retain info as many of you know I can't really remember what was said, all I can say is the area the film set is based have a lot of sheep that like to play chicken with passing transport. Oh we also got to see some sheep shearing as well and feed some lambs. Our Hobbit tour was followed up with another tour to the Buried Village which is a village as you guessed that is/was buried during a volcanic eruption in the mid to late 1800s. This eruption also destroyed the 8th wonder of the world the pink and white terraces it also covered the near by villages in volcanic mud/ash. When we got back to Auckland it was still raining so we sorted out our flights and bought food, the next day was great perfect weather for the Great taste of Matakana which basically a wine tasting tour, we also got to try honey and chocolate in all there were 14 different types of wine I only tried the white wine lunch was at a lovely vine yard. Then it rained again so we saw a couple of the local historical houses Ewelme Cottage and Highwic house. We also went to see The Iron Lady and Sherlock Holmes Game of shadows two films in one day. Now I have 6 days left until I leave for Vancouver so I'm going to avoid spending any more money.
A little place called Bulls.
Maori house in the buried village.