Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Romankids Homeschool Academy Field Trip 11th March

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

As soon as we registered for The Hobbit class with Dina DeYoung,

I decided we should celebrate tamāhine 1's birthday early this year by taking her to Hobbiton.

(Birthday's are never huge in our family; always quiet, simple and family only.  However, seeing as she enjoys reading The Hobbit so far, and the fact that the movies were filmed near enough in our neck of the woods - okay, so just over an hour's drive from us - it's still close enough eh?! - well, it seemed like a great Romankids field trip, birthday gift and class project all rolled into one.)
Information Centre in Matamata township
Shows how long ago it's been since I drove through Matamata.  I don't recall seeing the revamped Information Centre the last time I drove through this way!  
We were meant to head back to the Information Centre after the tour for a particular photo but we needed to return to Rotorua in time for the Monday night St John and Cubs sessions.  (I have photos of tama 2 on a separate post.)
 When whaiāipo takes the big kids for grading in Te Aroha this upcoming weekend, they can call in on their way home.  Well, that's the plan at least!!)
Waiting for tour commencement
(above and below)
First stage of journey is a 10 minute bus ride over typical kiwi farm country
Seriously, our kids have NEVER been on a bus so this was an absolute novelty
Decided to include these photos to show how dry it is in Aotearoa at the moment.
Apparently it's the worst drought in 70 years.
As Hobbiton came into view, our bus driver explained that there is special dispensation for Hobbiton to have water in order to remain green.
The bus ride was the easy part with the little ones ...

 Here it comes ... here it comes ...
 Bilbo's house


 The Party Tree

 And here we are at the Green Dragon

 (photo below)
oh dear!!! A water sprinkler!!!
Guess who couldn't resist!!!
I didn't stop him getting soaked - it was sooooooooo hot, he was dry before we got back on the bus
 When we returned to base, sheep were being mustered in so of course all the overseas tourists were click, click, click ...  I decided it would be okay to get just a couple of photos but the kids couldn't get up close enough with the crowd
 Was shocked to learn that this is the last remaining sheep farm (the cockies are converting to dairy in the Waikato) 

We see these tour buses all the time picking passengers up at Rotorua Information Centre.  Now we can say, "Been there!  Done that!"
It's been a very, very long time since our family has managed to get out of Rotorua together.  I feel carsick just driving into the city (ha ha ha).   Whaiāipo and I would like to think we can take the family to Weta Workshop in Whanganui-ā-Tara (Wellington) as well ... but that's dreaming, Maree!

Thanks for dropping by
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