I could have spent more time in Auckland, there was so much to see and do. We were staying at a serviced apartment in a bit of a downmarket part of town, chosen for its closeness to the main street. It was quite colourful, with a hotel just around the corner that advertised hourly room rates, and CCTV cameras on every corner. Still, it was quiet, and clean, and close to the city which is all we could ask for.
We picked up a late model Toyota Corolla hire car, then set off for Matamata.
Main Street, Matamata.
Matamata information centre, and the starting point of our Hobbiton adventure.
Inside the information centre.
Gandalf, carved in relief at the crosssroads.
Bilbo's home, with bench. Sadly no Martin though *g*
Exploring a burrow.
Bridge to the Green Dragon pub.
The Green Dragon pub exterior.
The pub bar, where we were served light ale in pottery mugs.
Nasty, nasty hobbitses!