We decided to drive from Whitianga to Rotorua in one day stopping off at the famous Hobbiton Set. I was skeptical around the Hobbiton tour, however, was pleasantly surprised as to how much I loved it. I liked the books and enjoyed the movies but wasn’t sure how I would feel about the tour. But, I can say if you have a somewhat interest you should totally go, it really is like an escape to the magical world of Hobbiton and I learnt a lot around the filming.
We had a few days in Rotorua, from exploring the lakes, going for runs and visiting the Redwoods (home of the Tarawera Ultra Marathon) I was nice to kick back and relax being in one location for a little bit.
Moving from Rotorua to Taupo we stopped off at Wai-O-Tapu and Kerosene Creek (a natural hot spring where you can bathe).
Finally, from Taupo we took the long road home to make if back in time for Christmas and New Years.