Auckland/Paihia 14-19 February 17th 2009 On the way to Auckland we stopped off at Matamata where Hobbiton is. We didn't see the set as that costs money and takes too long but we got a picture of the sign and a statue of Gollum. We only stayedin Auckland for one night before heading to Paihia (bay of islands). We didn't have long to look around Auckland so just looked along the main street, but from what we have heard we are not missing m ... read more
Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more
Hi. We are ex-psychology students from University of Wales, Bangor. We are travelling around the world for 6 months, starting on the 18th September.
Should have a grand time. Can't wait!... full info