I've got all the reservations confirmed at this point, so at least we know generally where we're going and that we have a place to lay our heads each night. As usual when we travel, though, we'll get recommendations from our hosts in each location, of cool things to do and good places to eat.
So… after a weekend in Sydney, we arrive in Auckland around dinnertime on the Sunday, pick up our car, and take a short drive north to the Matakana wine country. There we'll stay two nights at RibbonWood B&B.
Here we hope to do some wine tasting, and probably take some walks through the countryside.
Next, we'll drive south, back past Auckland to Matamata, to visit Hobbiton (sorry, I just can't help myself…)
Here, we're doing a farmstay for one night, in a cottage with a view of Wairere Falls – the geography in this area looks really cool, with a forested escarpment rising up sharply from rolling farmland.
Then we drive south again, to the southern shore of Lake Taupo, where we're staying 3 nights at the Omori Lake House.
Then we head back to Auckland and then the loooong trip home.
[jumping up and down here, I'm so excited]