After flying 3+ hours from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand, then driving over an hour to the city of Hamilton, we checked into a motel that was straight out of 1972.
And not like, “Oh, let’s be quirky and get some kitschy 70s furniture.” No… this couch hasn’t moved since the 70s. And I’m pretty confident if we moved it, we would have found Jimmy Hoffa.
The next morning, we packed up and set out for another hour drive to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves .
Ok, first things first… the New Zealand Glowworms are NOTHING like the dolls from the 80s.
Oh please, stop acting like you don’t remember them. You’re OLD ENOUGH!
I’m sure you didn’t actually think the worms were half the size of a toddler… I mean, no judgment if you did.
Ok, a little judgment.
Also… these didn’t glow yellow… they glow blue.
Plus, they’re not WORMS… they’re frickin’ insects! WHAT!?!
And the part of them that glows? Nope, not their little sleepy faces… it’s their butts! And it’s BEAUTIFUL!
In order to see the glowworms, we entered the incredible Waitomo Caves, saw the stalagmites and stalactites, had water drip on our heads and then we silently boarded a boat and were sent off into the darkness.
Little Moo was awesome at being quiet and enjoying the ride.
When we asked her what she thought, she said, “It was like looking at Jupiter and Venus.”
She was absolutely right! It felt like we were in this magical planetarium. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.
We weren’t allowed to take pictures, so here’s a pic from the Waitomo website.
Though, our boat was a LOT more crowded.
After the boat ride, we took a few pics:
The Moo was pretending she was scared… she’d a funny kid.
Then, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and then found a hiking trail where we were followed a path and were truly welcomed into the lush landscape of New Zealand.
This whole day was an absolute highlight of the trip… and it was only day 1!
More to come,