Hi everyone, sorry Vivian couldn’t introduce these videos as she is very, very busy reading hundreds of #50 Precious Words posts on her blog. Another record number of stellar stories.
Anyway I thought you would love to know what she has been doing this past week. I mention that I was taking her away from the big city following the eastern coast from Auckland to Waihi, stopping at Bowentown for a picnic lunch overlooking fabulous swimming spots. After a few hours we drove on down through Tauranga to Mount Mauganui for our overnight stay. This is a favourite tourist spot especially high summer and New Years. It’s kind of a mini Gold Coast. With a small number of high rise apartments opening on to a long sandy white beach. You’ll love these pictures of pristine vivid blue water, and white sand. After meeting up with a couple of dear old work colleagues of mine we headed the next day for Rotorua. Visiting Geysers, Champagne Pool (my favourite), we ended up at a very authentic Maori concert which was incredible (even if I say so myself). On the third day there we drove to Taupo (largest lake in NZ) known for it’s trout fishing. We then drove on to Turangi so Vivian could see the snow capped mountains nearby but after stopping for petrol and restrooms I stupidly walked in to a glass door and my glasses left a nasty cut near my eye brow. So we rested for a while before we headed back to Rotorua by which time my ego didn’t feel quite so bad and we went for walk in the Redwood Tree tops. This consists of walking on 37 swing bridges through pine trees and ponga ferns. Beautiful! As you will see. Afterward we hopped on a gondola for dinner over looking Rotorua and after a night of playing cards we left Rotorua for Matamata.
Driving through what is usually green fields, most of which is very dry right now due to our unusually dry temperatures (heatwave for over three weeks) we arrived at the Hobbiton Shop/Ticket office and café. The actual Hobbit houses are kept secret due to them being on private property and as thousands of tourists visit them every month special buses and bookings are used. Enjoy the following video as you follow Vivian wandering around this little place known as Middle Earth. Had to laugh as Vivian is the right height for the little doors. Enjoy…
Well that’s it for this post. Do pop back again soon as I will be posting the SCBWI Auckland NZ meeting with Vivian’s presentation.