Jetty and Mill at Hobbiton

Jetty and Mill at Hobbiton

The Water is my favourite part of the Hobbiton Movie Set at Matamata. This is right in front of the Green Dragon pub where the tour comes to an end. It gives you a chance to take your time getting photos like this without having to keep up with the rest of your tour group. In the foreground is a little jetty with a fishing rod. The hobbit who was fishing here must have just popped into the pub for a quick one. In the background is the double-arched stone bridge on the left and the Hobbiton mill. Most of the hobbit holes and on the hill behind the water and out of frame to the right of this scene.

Lake Rotomahana

This inlet on the shore of Lake Rotomahana makes the lake look small. It is under 4 miles long with a maximum width of 1.7 miles. It is the largest crater lake in the area. Before the 1886 eruption it was two smaller lakes. Walking along the shore of the lake I took many photographs. This was my favourite as I liked the reflection of the sky and trees in the foreground. What you don’t see in this image is the frogs. Despite not seeing them, I could hear them whilst taking this photograph.

Inferno Crater Lake

In 1886 New Zealand had its deadliest volcanic eruption. Approximately 2 cubic kilometres of material was thrown into the sky. This was one of several craters in the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley. Inferno Crater is one of the largest geyser like features in the world. The water temperature ranges from 35 to 80 degree C. The lake is around 30 metres deep. Sadly the camera struggled to capture the steam coming off the lakes surface.

Devil’s Cave at Waitotapu

Sometimes called the Devil’s pool. This water pond is made yellow by sulfur. Having photographed this before I had always really struggled to capture the intense green yellow colour of the water. In reality its more like a highlighter pen but the camera struggles to pick it up. Usually I avoid including people in my photographs. Here I thought that the tourists on the left helped show the scale of the pool.