Day 64: There and back again.September 22, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 11 °C
A travelers tale by Daniël van der Prijt.
It all started with waking up here, it is just amazing. Wonderfull landscapes, the clear water, sometimes a little sunshine, the smell and sound of nature it was just perfect. Time to go explore the shire and head for Hobbiton movie set. To make it clear to all, it is more like the movie than you would think. If it had more interiors and actors you would think it was real, there is so much detail in everthing. It is expensive but I can understand it takes a lot of effort to maintain the quality. We had a little bus trip to the garden of the hobbits, walked to the house of Bilbo and Sam's. The guide tested our knowledge of the films and for 9 out of 10 questions I had no problem answering in full detail. Even to notice that they moved the bench were Bilbo and Gandalf were smoking pipe on ;-).
Nice film facts also passed by, like fake trees, perspectives, extra hobbit houses for background filling, nice facts on how the party was acted (with or without alcohol) in fact it was a real party with family, friends and home made beer with a few % alcohol in it. In the green dragelon we had a taste of this and stronger Southfarching beer, nice to add to Untappd app haha. After this we were near the end of the tour, we enjoyed this familiar but totally new experience. To the glow worms for more extra ordinary experiences. Really nice caves with stalagmites and stalagtites and some nice displays. Not something new but nevertheless beautifull especially the singing of the guide in the cathedral room where the acoustic was ideal for this. We entered a little boat deep inside the cave and in total darkness the boatman took us under millions of little glow worm lights. The worms light up when the digest their food, with this light they draw mosquito's closer into their silklike webs and when the food got stuck they pull the line in and eat it all. They do this for 9 months and become a butterfly without a mouth so they will starve within 4 days or get eaten by their own or other predators.
A nice bedtime story but first from "there a bit back again" to Rotorura ;-). We found a nice spot and stayed in the forrest north of Rotorura in the area of some colder springs that we would visit the next day. Almost a private spot again, just one car and we think it is because it is spring here so not jet tourist season time jippie :). Same ritual, with diner and rebuilding the Camper, played some yahtzee Good nightRead more