Today started with a highly stressful drive out of Auckland in rush hour, on the wrong side of the road, and no route prepared. (Lesson: gotta prepare the next day’s route before leaving the hotel room!) Fortunately our Garmin lady came to our rescue and got us safely to Waitomo where we went for a tour through the limestone caverns to see one of New Zealand’s most famous sights, which is glowworms. These are actually native fungus gnat larvae which hang down from the roof of the caves on shiny strings like those used by spiders to create their webs, but thicker. The larvae glow in the dark (for some chemical or other highly scientific reason which Peter would elaborate on if he had his own blog!) which then also lights up the strings. It’s actually quite beautiful, like looking up into the milky way during a very dark night, although this particular site is highly highly commercial. But worth the little side trip. We spent most of the rest of the day driving to Tongariro National Park where we’ll do a long hike tomorrow over the Alpine Crossing. Best accomplishment today was acclimatizing a bit more to this right-hand drive stuff – Peter is doing a great job but it seems to require full concentration from both of us! Fortunately, we had no navigation “discussions” today!
‘just go with the flow’, leave the thinking behind
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