Hobbits and Thermal activity…

Most horrific night last night, I have never ever heard the rain so hard and it was just endless all night. However, come morning the rain had gone and the sun was out and we woke up to the most gorgeous view of Lake Karapiro.
Last night Elliot made me watch ‘The Lord of the Rings’,as today we went to Hobbiton the film set of The Shire, and he thought it would be almost criminal going if I had no clue about the place.
Elliot, being a huge fan of the films, was ridiculously excited and went on to take about ten different photographs of each hobbit hole just incase he missed the perfect angle…safe to say my camera is now full of colourful doors more than anything else!
Even though I have not seen all the films and only really half of the first one, I have to say that Hobbiton was rather amazing and it was seriously cool to feel like I was on a film set, it definitely confirmed for me that I would love to be on a real set as an actress…maybe one day!
After the main part of the tour we were then treated to a drink in the Green Dragon and Elliot told me that he was going to give up on his dreams of being Aragon and switch to being a Hobbit so he could live in The Shire.
From Hobbiton we headed to a Maori village and had a quick look around there before heading off on a walk around Lake Rotorua to see the geothermal activity this included thermal pools, bubbling mud baths and bright yellow sulphur. These were absolutely beautiful, however if I had one complaint is that they do have a very strong smell of rotten eggs, and since we were there for a while, we now also smell…as does the camper (still unnamed).
Te Puia was our next stop (as you can tell we like to pack a lot into our days) we had a quick tour of the cultural aspects, weaving and carving, but the real highlight of that trip was seeing a thermal geyser erupt as the sun was slowly setting, pretty awesome!
We found our campsite which was right by a beautiful lake and settled down for the night, however due to not being at a powered site, extra duvets, blankets, jumpers and hats were very much needed!

Bye for now

XXX

Pretty beautiful to wake up to!
Pretty beautiful to wake up to!

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Come on in!
Come on in!
Pretty beautiful view of The Shire
Pretty beautiful view of The Shire
In his element!
In his element!
Having a hobbit drink
Having a hobbit drink
Should really say "Danger toxic rotten egg smell"
Should really say “Danger toxic rotten egg smell”
Bubbling mud bath!
Bubbling mud bath!
Pohutu exploding!
Pohutu exploding!

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