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Hobbiton was the best last minute decision I made on my entire trip. I booked it the night before my last full day in New Zealand and I was so close to not booking it,  but then I thought if I didn’t I would have regretted it. And I would have. If you are in the area and you’re thinking of going, just do it. You don’t have to be a die hard fan (I’m not) and  you don’t need to have someone to go with (I went solo and loved it). All you need is a phone camera, a sense of wonder and at least three hours sleep.


I was picked up along with a small group of backpacker- looking -people outside the information building at 2pm sharp and we were off! Along the way the driver told us a bit about Matamata (they make most if their money…

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"I have forgot much, Cynara! gone with the wind, Flung roses, roses riotously with the throng" — Earnest Dowson, 1867 –1900 Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae (1896) (Excerpt)
The lovely image of an owl is courtesy of Michael Gäbler [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. The coffee image is public domain

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