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Coromandel Peninsula, Whitianga and Waitomo, New Zealand

June 14, 2009

Day 61

Walking along Cathedral Cove.

Walking along Cathedral Cove.

We caught our first bus on the hop-on, hop-off service that we booked. It took us out of Auckland and on to the Coromandel Peninsula. Along the way, we got to stop and take some short, but very nice, walks at Cathedral Cove.

After our walk at Cathedral Cove, we continued on to the little town of Whitianga where we stayed the night.

Day 62

From Whitianga, we caught our bus again and went to Waitomo, which is famous for its large limestone caves that contain several glowworms. We took a short tour through the caves (too short, I thought, for the price). The tour included a boat ride where all the lights were turned out and we could look up and see all of the glowworms on the caves ceiling. Lori was shocked to learn that the gloww0rms are actually maggots. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside (it was too dark anyway for them to turn out), but looking up at the cave ceiling, you might have thought you were outside at night since all the glowworms looked like stars at night.

A view of the glowworm cave after the boat dropped us off. Inside there are so many glowworms that the cave celing looks like stars at night.

A view of the glowworm cave after the boat dropped us off. Inside there are so many glowworms that the cave ceiling looks like stars at night.

After our stop at the glowworm caves, the bus continued on to Rotorua. We got there late and only had about half an hour to look around before it got dark. Pictures of Rotorua in the next post…

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