Waihi to Matamata

A fairly low key day as we prepare to make our way down to Matamata for the Hobbiton Tour tomorrow (Thursday). Woke up to a beautiful sunny morning with our prime view of Waihi Beach. Harrison had a morning play session down the beach and then we packed up and headed off. Once on the road, we stopped off at Karangahake Gorge which has some cool suspension bridges and gorgeous scenery as well as old gold mining ruins like powerhouses and stamper batteries. Great place to stretch the legs.

Mid morning, we made a pit stop off in Paeroa (home to L&P) to stock up on a few groceries and also called into the local McDonald’s for coffee and of course free Wi-Fi. Around lunchtime we arrived in Matamata and parked ourselves centrally downtown – we cooked some little cheerios (little boys) for Harrison and Jason and I shared a chicken wrap and a handful of salt ‘n’ vinegar chips; typical side of the road campervan luncheon and loving it!

After lunch we went to the Hobbiton Visitor Centre in central Matamata for a little taste tester then headed down the main street for some light tourist style shopping.

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Hobbiton Visitor Centre (Matamata)

As 2pm set in (check in time) we headed to our camper park, Opal Springs Caravan Park which is perched in a pretty location to the east of Matamata, and as you can see it has a nice view out the back window of our camper. We all played a little Angry Birds blow up frisbee to see the afternoon in, then it was wine & cheese time for Julie, beer (Moa from Marlborough) for Jason and a Fanta for Harrison. Life is tough!

Jason is whipping up come chicken rosemary skewers tonight with asparagus and corn on the cob, then an early night for all. We’ve got to get up early tomorrow ready for the early tour of Hobbiton (first for the day)!

Thanks for following – stayed tuned for tomorrow’s update. (Julie)

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