Friday, April 29, 2016
It's odd to realize you have absolutely no knowledge of a country's history. It's even odder when you're standing inside the country. However, the Auckland War Museum was able to help with some of that. Each floor had a theme: Maori history, NZ involvement in wars, natural history, and earth sciences/volcanoes.
There's also a LOTR Dwarf statue in the airport, so that's always handy.
On our way back from the magical day of hobbits and boiling mud, we even saw a rainbow! Then we topped off our day with delicious steaks. All in all, I'd say the Auckland area is super amazingly wonderful.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Sulfurous mud pits usually yields a pretty alien landscape, which is one hundred percent the case with Rotorua. I've just never seen so many geysers, boiling mud, and steam escapes in one place. The park is massive, and the landscape dotted with boiling steam escaping from hot water collected beneath the ground. It was really cool.
Awhile back the Maori would steam their food at Rotorua, which is a resourceful approach. Many of the geysers have become inactive due to earlier tapping into the ground for the water supply, but by closing many of those up, some of the geysers have gradually become active again.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
We left the boys, and mom, my sister, and I headed to New Zealand for yet another surreal trip - to the movie set of the Shire from Lord of the Rings in Matamata, New Zealand!! This is pretty much the main reason why we went to New Zealand so it didn't really matter that tickets cost a fortune. Worth.every.penny.
But then again, I'm a total LOTR fan girl. I had a life size Gandalf cardboard cutout in college. I own the LOTR Atlas. This is my place (although, admittedly, the hobbits aren't exactly my people).
The level of detail on the homes was pretty impressive. Real vegetables growing in real vegetable gardens. Flowering bushes everywhere. Butterflies. Beehives on hills, cheeses aging in the window, abandoned fishing poles on the dock, etc. etc. The weather was lovely, too. Nice blue skies with puffy clouds. It felt just like being in the Shire. It was pretty lovely.
As part of the ticket price, you get to enter the only building with an interior - the Green Dragon tavern - and have a free drink!
- Australia-New Zealand Three Week Trip
- Around Adelaide
- Adelaide Fringe Festival
- Adelaide's Cleland Wildlife Park
- Adelaide Hills Wineries in McLaren Vale
- Sydney, Australia
- Hobbiton, New Zealand
- Rotorua, New Zealand
- Around Auckland, New Zealand