Today is planned for those who follow the Lord of the Rings. Hobbiton is only 45 minutes away from Nicara Lodge. The tour takes 2.5 hours to see Bagend and Bilboe’s house, the party tree and many other interesting sights for those Tolkein fans. Note - due to the filming requirements of 'The Hobbit', Hobbiton will be closed from 5 October to approximately 8 November, inclusive.
The drive to Matamata over the scenic Mamaku Ranges is a pleasant drive. After the tour we recommend you return to Nicara via the country township of Tirau, a great place for lunch and some amazing buildings constructed out of corrugated iron. Some of the leading antique shops in New Zealand are located in Tirau.
Returning to Rotorua it’s time to pamper yourself with a thermal swim or massage, facial, mud treatment at one of the spa resorts located around the city. Polynesian Spa is rated in the world's top 10 spas. Waiora Spa, situated at Hell's Gate, specialises in thermal mud treatments.
The hot thermal pools at Waikitie Valley Springs offers an ideal combination with Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. The distance is only 9 km and it is great to relax in the thermal waters before returning to Rotorua or continuing your travels to Taupo or Napier.