We headed off from our campsite in Matata and beelined to the destination for the day, Hobbiton. Remnants of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, the set of the Tolkien inspired Hobbit village, sat a couple of hours drive from our coastal starting point.
With our second week of camping upon us, we enjoyed our last day in civilisation for a while by treating ourselves to some lunch and a walk around Wellington.
Half way through our first stint in camping and spirits still high we awoke early once again ready for breakfast.
On arriving in Auckland we quickly set about washing / drying all of our clothes in our room’s combo washer dryer… with mixed success… regardless we headed into Auckland for a look around! After a good nights sleep, we engaged our automatic Mitsubishi Lancer into drive mode and headed North to Stony bay, a campsite near the tip of the Coromandel peninsula (full route map can be found at the bottom of the page / or you can follow this link!).