Sunday, January 29, 2017

On the road to Mangakino

On Friday we left the biggest city in New Zealand for one of it's tiniest towns (if you can even call it that).  We're staying a holiday home backing onto a golf course and Lake Maraetei, one of 7 or 8 hydro lakes on the Waikato River.

Fun fact: These dams produce 15% of New Zealands hydro

A few pictures from our drive:
There are supposed to be so many sheep in NZ but so far I think we've seen way more cows!

Our first view of Mt. Reapehu and Mt. Ngauruhoe (aka Mt. Doom) in the distance - can you make it out?

Beautiful rolling hills

We found Hobbiton!  Or close to it anyway.  The info centre in Matamata looked pretty good to us and it was free - we may not have to go to Hobbiton anymore ;)

A gift from our Auckland neighbour - apple cucumbers.  Yum!
We ended the day with a fire in the outside fireplace...

And woke up the next morning to enjoy my morning coffee with this view!

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