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Hobbits and stitches in mouth

Started my day in Auckland and had flown in the night before from Brisbane. That morning while working out in the gym I managed to smash a 6kg ball into my jaw putting my top teeth through my bottom lip right through to below my lip. Yep it really hurt and bled a lot!!

Leanne and her daughter picked us up from the hotel to drive us back to Rotorau for the next few days for the conference. They wanted to show us the local sights so had organised 2 days of sight seeing.

New Zealand really is stunning and so green with rolling hills. We stopped off at Matamata to visit the Hobbit ton movie set. Tickets were $70 each for the 2 hour tour.

Scouts found this great sheep/cattle property for the filming of the Lord of The Rings and then the NZ army needed to build a 1.5 km road into the site so they could access the site easily for filming. The Hobbit trilogies were also filmed here.

A total of 39 hobbit homes were created. All looked lived in with washing on the lines and picnics on the garden tables. A massive artificial tree overlooks Bag End. The tour ended with a cider at the thatched Green Dragon Inn warming ourselves by the roaring fire. It was the coolest rustic tavern

Once we arrived in Rotorua I went to the emergency room to get a couple of stitches inside my mouth and a glue stitch on the outside below my bottom lip. Dinner was via a straw! Our hotel is lovely and overlooks the large lake. It has the sulphur smell in places with spa tubs built over natural hot springs.

Not happy -put my teeth through bottom lip

Not happy -put my teeth through bottom lip


Hobbiton

Hobbiton


It was green and and quaint - I want be a hobbit

It was green and and quaint - I want be a hobbit


Cutest ever hobbit houses

Cutest ever hobbit houses


Hobbit town

Hobbit town


Vegetable  gardens

Vegetable gardens


Washing on the lines

Washing on the lines


Picnics set up

Picnics set up


Hobbit washing

Hobbit washing


trails

trails


More homes

More homes


The big party tree

The big party tree


Thatched roof

Thatched roof


Valley and views

Valley and views


Could go inside this one

Could go inside this one


More houses

More houses


Chimneys and flowers

Chimneys and flowers


Lamposts

Lamposts


The big tree on the hill is not real

The big tree on the hill is not real


Houses

Houses


Yellow door

Yellow door


Bridge to the Inn and tavern

Bridge to the Inn and tavern


Tavern

Tavern


lake

lake


Tavern front door

Tavern front door


Gorgeous rustic tavern

Gorgeous rustic tavern


Fireplace to warm up by and have a cider

Fireplace to warm up by and have a cider


Cool wintery day

Cool wintery day


Dinner via a straw - eating was too painful

Dinner via a straw - eating was too painful

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in New Zealand

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