I luckily found a couchsurfing host in Matamata (well in the suburb actually). I didn’t expect it would be in the so this is like a dream come true to me since I’ve been wanting to stay in the farm.
This is the house!
The hike took me an hour and 15 minutes while it only took an hour going down. It was muddy and slippery as you get closer to the top. The view was amazing of course.
While in Matamata, I got to do the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour; https://iamryshel.com/2016/07/05/hobbiton-movie-set-tour/
I had a great weekend here. I learned a lot about farming and the industry’s current situation. My host was amazing who willingly picked me up and drop me off to places. Cooked meals and shared a lot of interesting information. Staying with the locals is really the best way to get that amazing experience while traveling. 🙂