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Glow worms and Maori warriors – by David

by on June 19, 2016

Today we left Auckland (the largest city and financial capital), taking  a few days to drive to Wellington (the government capital).  I got to learn how to drive on the “wrong” side of the road, on narrow 2-lane New Zealand roads with 100-kph speeds.  It was exciting and I really had to keep focused, but by the end of the day I was getting comfortable with it, and only one person honked at us all day.  

We saw the Glow worm caves…. Probably the biggest tourist attraction on the North Island. (Not that you would know it, from the lack of any signs on the road telling you how to find it).  They are limestone caves with a population of thousands of insects that light a bioluminescent “bulb” in their butts to attract and then trap other insects.   You glide silently on a river through the dark cave on a small boat (felt a bit like the river Styx) and see the lights shining like stars on the ceiling. Pretty wild.  Can’t take pictures though, so nothing to show.

We did see many (many) sheep, and the countryside is beautiful ….

In the evening we went to the Maori cultural center, and learned about … the Maori culture.  Keeping with Renee’s vision of “full-participation” vacations, we fully participated… David acted as the Chief of our tribe of tourists we approached the main tribe in a spirit of peace and friendship… Including a traditional greeting of rubbing noses with the chief (photo to follow tomorrow) 

And when it came time to learn the songs and dances, we all got up on stage.

Then we had a nice dinner of meats roasted the historical way on the geothermal steam vents, and not-so-historical cake and ice cream.

Fun day… Time for bed.  More driving tomorrow, plus some Hobbits.  Bye-bye.


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  1. Dave Howes permalink

    Did you see the Maori dance where they slap themselves silly. (Pre fight thing)

  2. Lucy permalink

    Love the dancing pics. Too bad there’s no glo worm pics, that sounds really cool!

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