Our only plan for New Plymouth was to see New Plymouth, so we went for a walk around the town. We were walking along the water when we spotted eels. The eels were fighting over a recently killed, half-eaten bird. I’ve never seen eels up close, nevertheless ones at war, so that scene occupied a good bit of time…
After that excitement, we made our way further into the city. It was an artsy city with murals painted on every wall. Despite the dreary day, it was the most vibrant city I’ve ever seen.
We had breakfast at a local cafe, then we hopped in the car for the long drive back to Whangarei. Along the way, we stopped at a Hobbit filming location. Remember in the first movie when Bilbo and his gang are running out of the cave that contained all the trolls? Well, this was the spot.
It was also the spot where the group finds the destroyed farmhouse, Radagast arrives and Gandalf gives Bilbo the sword, Sting. We could have seen those exact locations if we were willing to spend $50 per person for a guided tour. No, thank you.
When we got back to Whangarei, a full moon greeted us. Can you see the ring of light in the photo? That’s not a trick of the camera.