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Matamata aka. HOBBITON

When we did our travel planning about 5 months ago we really could just think of one thing about New Zealand: The Lord of the Rings!

So here we are now,  Welcome to Matamata, NZ aka. Hobbiton (© 2010 Bernd Neeser) south-east of Auckland in a lil’ town called Matamata that became famous when a small blackhaired Kiwi named Peter Jackson found what he was looking for: green hills, loads of sheep and most important of all a huge tree next to a lake… All of that was then transformed into Hobbiton of the Lord of the Rings part I and III. And of course you’ve all seen the movies, right, where you can see the party-tree next to the lake, the watermill with the stonebridge, the pub called “the green dragon” and, of course, Bilbo Baggin’s home where the one ring was kept for sooo long…

Now in case you’re wondering why I’m talking so much about it and then not even putting pictures online is because we can’t! We’re not allowed to puplish any fotos, videos or anything we were told or we’ll get in trouble. Why?!? Well, let’s just say that before you enter the grounds there’s a sign that says “active movie set”…. so, you know what I mean! ;-)

- Isabell -

Sheeps - New Zealands inofficial national animals (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)

Auckland

After we arrived in Auckland we took one day “off” for buying stuff at the grocery store, doing the laundry and we also went to the cinema to see Dispicable Me – in my opinion one of the funniest animated movies ever!
We had only a few days in New Zealand so there wasn`t much time neither for sightseeing in Auckland nor to see the rest of the country. Unfortunately, there was no way to extend our stay (you will soon know why ;-) ) But what we saw in the short time we had – above all the beautiful grasslands south of Auckland – made us feel like we really wanna come back and next time we`re gonna stay for a few weeks.

- Bernd -

P.S. Some trivia for my brother Thomas and his girlfriend Lena: Your favorite television serious was named after a U2 song whichs title refers to a mount in Auckland: Maungakiekie also known as One Tree Hill. Have a look at the panorama picture I shot from the top of the Sky Tower – you can see the hill in the background!

The Ferry Building (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The Ferry Building (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The Sky Tower – 328 meters high! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The Sky Tower – 328 meters high! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View from the Sky Tower onto Auckland (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View from the Sky Tower onto Auckland (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)