Fact not fiction
So much of the best of NZ is free and accessible, I wondered if we felt it was about time we paid to see something, hence the Hobbit Trip, but it wasn't a contribution to NZ, just a contribution to some outrageously extortionate business.
Back to the real New Zealand. DOC, the Department of Conservation does a brilliant job at providing access and information on NZ's natural history.
Our next stop is the Karangahake Gorge, a spectacular mining area. The 4.5km walkway is peppered with DOC information boards describing the history of gold mining era .
The constant drizzle added to the experience!
Part of the spectacular walkway
The 1km train tunnel built to work the goldmines