My friend ran into trouble when in New Zealand. He has been captured and is being moved around the country to a series of undisclosed locations. This is the last message I received from him.

My friend, I met a Kiwi, Kat
We hit it off, and that was that

But thinking I was quite the wag
I mocked her motherland’s new flag

In hobbit prison now I rot
I need your help, it’s all I’ve got!

I hope this puzzle’s not a dud
And fine ideas from you will flood…


Help me decipher the message, so I can retrace his steps. Where should I look for my friend?

The last word of the first line of each paragraph refers to an IATA airport code in New Zealand:

KAT - Kaitaia Airport
WAG - Wanganui Airport
ROT - Rotorua Regional Airport
DUD - Dunedin Airport

If you are fast enough, he might still be at the last listed airport.

• Just beat me to it! Mar 5 '16 at 10:20
• You guys are fast :) I'll take that as a complete answer
– Matt
Mar 5 '16 at 10:22