After leaving Tongariro, we headed to Rotoroa where we were looking forward to the geothermic pools and baths to repair what damage the hike had done. After a long day, we grabbed dinner at Burgerfuel in Rotoroa and headed to our hotel for some much-needed rest. The next morning, we checked out Hell’s Gate which offered both a geothermal reserve walk as well as a spa to enjoy. We did both and it was just the right kind of relaxation needed towards the end of the trip. We then made our way to Hamilton, making a stop a Dough Bros and happening on the birthplace of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We stayed at a brand new hostel, Matamata Backpackers, which coincidently happened to be down the road from Hobbiton, where we were headed the next morning. Our host was very nice and the space was very cute. The last day of our trip was a whirlwind, as we crammed quite a few stops into the last 12 hours we had in the country. The first stop was a tour of Hobbiton, this was something I had wanted to do before we event booked this trip and boy did it deliver. I literally got teary-eyed as we approached the site. It was so cool to see the love and care given to this place (even if just for tourism money) and really experience a place from one of my favorite film franchises, corny but true. We then drove to Auckland to have lunch at Lord of the Fries where we got the Poutine Burger and were not disappointed. We also visited Giapo where we had some fancy vegan ice cream cones. We wanted to visit one last site before we left for the airport, so we headed to Piha Beach where we climbed up Lion Rock and ran around in the water. All in all, this was an amazing trip. I wish we had been able to have 2 more days in New Zealand to explore a few more sites but I’m so happy we were able to make this trip happen and so thankful for the support of our family and friends who helped make it possible. It is a trip that will stay with me for some time.