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New Zealand / Hobbiton

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New Zealand / Hobbiton

Hi - I'm planning a vacation with my two teenagers on 7/14 and returning 7/24.

I want to visit hobbiton and my husband wants to do a day of fly fishing, I have contacted a travel agency and they want me to pay over $10k for a complete tour. What is the best way to visit New Zealand, should I fly to Auckland and from there take the train to HObbiton? Also, what do you recommend I do? My husband wants to spend like a day only in Auckland and go to the other side for the rest of the trip and come back to Auckland the day before the trip. Can you all please help me? I know I can take the train to Matamala and find a hotel there but from there where do I go?

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1. Re: New Zealand / Hobbiton

When you say ‘the other side’ do you mean the South Island? Depending on interests I would tend to agree with your hubby and stay only 1 day in Akld only. There wont be a train to Hobbiton (AFAIK anyway). Fly fishing would be best done in central NI (Rotorua, Taupo or Turangi) if you are only in the NI. What exactly is the $10k tour including? Bound to be a rip off to some extent or another...why not hire a car and self-drive. Suggested itinerary:

Day 1) arrive Akld

Day 2) drive to Matamata (see Hobbiton)

Day 3) Drive to Rotorua and enjoy the geothermal delights/lakes/fishing/many other activities.

Day 4-5) stay Rotorua (do day trip to Waitomo Caves)

Day 6) fly Rotorua to Queenstown.

Day 6-10) stay Qtn and do nearby activities (possibly incl day trip by coach to Milford Sound)

Day 10) fly Qtn to Akld in time for international flight.

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2. Re: New Zealand / Hobbiton

There is no train to Matamata. Hire a car and drive there - it's about 2 hours from Auckland.

Fly fishing is great in Turangi. Travel a bit further south to the Tongariro National Park and you can see Mt Doom in snowy splendour which is a lovely sight.

Don't pay for a tour.

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3. Re: New Zealand / Hobbiton

Are you aware that July is mid-winter in NZ?

<<I know I can take the train to Matamala>>

Sorry, but there is no passenger train to Matamata. You will need to take a bus or self-drive.

<<go to the other side for the rest of the trip>>

What "other side"? Perhaps you mean the "other" island - ie the South Island??

Some of the best fly fishing in NZ is around the Rotorua/Taupo region. One option might be for you and the kids to take a Great Sights coach tour to Hobbiton and on to Rotorua while you husband goes to Rotorua and takes a guided fishing tour. Then you can all meet up in Rotorua for a couple of days.

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24th. Fly back to AKL & home?

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4. Re: New Zealand / Hobbiton

Turangi is the home of fly fishing in NZ. You could use Taupo as the base for fishing, as Turangi is about 55 minutes drive south.

I suggest hiring a car and driving south to Hobbiton then on to Taupo for a day of fishing. If you locate yourselves at somewhere like de Bretts in Taupo, you could spend the day on site enjoying the thermal waters while your husband is away for the day.

Drive up to Rotorua and take the remainder of your visit from there. Rotorua has lots of family friendly activities to keep you all busy for a full day and 2 nights. Rotprua also has Skyline gondola, luge, Redwood forest canopy walk, Agrodome, Rainbow Springs (trout pools) and lake and stream fishing. And it's not snow-bound in mid-winter.

Rotorua is one of the more popular regional airports to fly south from - Wellington, and South Island included.

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5. Re: New Zealand / Hobbiton

Yes, I'm sad that I can only go in July when the weather is not really perfect. I'm pretty sure that even with the rain and winter NZ is beautiful. I think the idea of renting a car and driving to Hobbiton is better than taking the bus, this way I can spend the night there and go to Rotorua the following day. I guess I can take the tour to Hobbiton from Matamata and spend the night there.

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6. Re: New Zealand / Hobbiton

Yes, sorry I meant to say take the bus to matamata or rent a car. We really want to see all the beautiful locations that NZ has. I really the weather is good.

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7. Re: New Zealand / Hobbiton

I have asked them about the $10k and all they told me is that it will include hotels and tours. I think I can just rent a car or take the bus and once I'm there I can go to the visitor welcome area and look for things to do.

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8. Re: New Zealand / Hobbiton

SD,

We recommend DIY and Car Rental.

We highly recommend Novotel Auckland Airport.

Novotel is a business property, and is within walking distance from airport baggage.

We greatly enjoyed our visit to Hobbiton.

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9. Re: New Zealand / Hobbiton

There is no reason to stay at the Novotel, an airport location, unless you have a very early flight in the morning from AKL.

Savantill is not violating any TA rules. But he posts the same rote advice, without really identifying poster's needs and wants. He needs a new hobby, rather than trying to see how many TA points he can accumulate. Some here think he's a robot, but I think he must have a lonely life.

Sorry to have your thread hijacked this way, and hope you get more useful advice.

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10. Re: New Zealand / Hobbiton

Hi -thank you for your advice. I don't think I need to stay in Novatel since I will be driving around an I'm pretty sure I can go to Airbnb and get a cheaper place for the one that I will stay in Auckland.

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