7th October 2012
Possibly one of the best days of my freaking life!
Jigging about on one foot to another, I was truly excited. What a way to finish off the Kiwi Experience Tour! Of course, I’m sad my bus tour has reached its final day, I’ve so enjoyed it but there’s no time to be sad at all! Why?
I get to be a Hobbit.
If you don’t understand what a Hobbit is, where have you been for the last 13 years?! Sit down and watch Lord of the Rings. If you don’t, I’ll go Gollum on you. It’s better than going Sauron on you.
So we were to be leaving Taupo after a long journey from Wellington to here. Didn’t do anything much last night apart from booking mine and Bente’s places on the tour we were about to go on. Of course, both Bente and I had trepidations on this after our disastrous Lord of the Rings Film Tour of Wellington that started ever so well and became a joke.
Leaving Taupo, we missed Danielle as she arrived too late in the end from her couchsurfing hosts, so suddenly our trio’s down to two! Just Bente and myself! Sob sob sob!
By lunchtime, we arrived in Matamata aka Hobbiton. There’s a big massive sign saying so. And suddenly I became a Hobbit. Not to say I have hairy feet, tipped ears and a penchant for mushrooms (I do anyway), I became SHORT! Magic Trick!
Then we had to truly say farewell to the Kiwi Experience Bus. It’s only a stopoff tour here, which I think is totally rubbish seeing as Hobbiton is essential to New Zealand Tourism, but that was it. My seat on the Kiwi Bus is forever no more. Goodbye Bussy!
Checking in at the local tourism centre, we had time to kill so after a quick lunch with Bente and Stef, who also wanted to see the hobbits from the Kiwi Bus, we wandered into the Gypsy Fair that was taking place on the green. Crystals and palm readings enticed us but after a quick loop, we knew we didn’t want our futures told. We were living our future already…why fork over so much money to tell you what you already know?
Picked up from the local tourist info centre, we were taken slightly out of town to the farm where Peter Jackson, the director of Lord of the Rings, spotted would make a great spot for the centre of Hobbit activity…Hobbiton. Now, I’m going to leave you with the pictures. As you can see…I had an awesome time!