New Zealand Day 5: North Island

Whangarei and Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

We left Paihia early in the morning on our journey to the more central part of the North Island. We had a coffee stop at Whangarei, the capital of Northland and were able to sit in the sun and admire the many yachts in the harbour.

We crossed the Auckland Harbour Bridge and had fantastic views from the coach. The intention was to arrive at the Waitomo glowworm caves by mid-afternoon but our intentions were thwarted at a large shopping complex, where we had stopped for lunch. Our coach broke down. We waited for repairs to be carried out and were on our way a couple of hours later. The glowworm caves stayed open for us so we were able to see the spectacle of stalactites and stalagmites and take a silent boat ride through the glowworm grotto. No talking or photography or the glowworms would turn off. Waitomo means ‘water entering a hole in the ground’.

St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College Choir – Me He Manurere