During our flying visit to New Zealand for
we only visited Auckland.
Prior to his October wedding in Auckland we decided
to make the visit worthwhile and more relaxing.
One of our planned destinations was Rotorua
where we heard about and visited
the Whakarewarewa Maori Village.
While it is a living Maori Village
its geothermal properties are also quite active.
The yellowish bag just right of centre is
a bag of corn cobs cooking in a geothermal pool.
The Hobbit Movie Set near Matamata was also
on our destination list and well worth the visit.
of ‘must visits’ was the Hamilton Gardens.
If you have any interest in gardening at all it is well worth a visit.
In October 2014 as part of the 2014 Garden Tourism Awards,
We only had time to visit the enclosed gardens.
Auckland and a wedding was calling.