10am the Intercity bus stopped us at Hamilton for a 15mins rest.
11:15am reached Matamata i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.
The town of Matamata.
When we reached the counter of Hobbiton Movie Set to redeem our ticket, the reception told us we booked the ticket on wrong date. Then only we realised we had booked 20 Feb instead of 20 Mar 2017. Luckily they managed to change the date for us because the ticket was very expensive, NZD79.
We had a early lunch before the Hobbiton Tour start.
12:30pm the Hobbiton Movie Set tour bus arrived.
The Hobbiton tour was approximately 3 hours from Matamata.
Once boarded on bus, the LOTR sound track broadcasted along the way. We felt that suddenly we were into the movie again.
The view in Hobbiton Movie Set
Heading to Green Dragon Inn.
Enjoyed my apple cider which included in the Hobbiton tour.
Another option is non-alcoholic ginger beer.
Finally at The Shire's Rest and souvenir shop.
8pm we were back to Auckland.
On the way out from SkyCity Auckland......
The night was still young, so we walked around the city.
Until 10pm we were back to hostel, prepared for next morning flight to South Island - Christchurch.