We made our way to Waitomo, which is known for their Glowworm caves. Glowworms are little worms native to New Zealand that glow in the dark. When they are bundled together, it looks like a sky of stars. We booked a tour with Spellbound Tours and our guide was Maori. He placed an emphasis on the preservation of the caves. He was extremely kind and laid back until somebody touched any part of the cave walls. Later, he explained to me that Maori look at themselves as “Protectors of the land” rather than “Owners of the land.” I think that we would live in a much different world if everybody thought that way.
In the caves you felt like you were floating on a river under the stars. Our guide asked us all to be quiet and soak in the experience. It was so peaceful.
(Pictures were given to us by Spellbound tours)
Kawhia (pronounced “Kah-fee-a” – the “wh” is pronounced as a “ph”) is a little town that is on the map because of their hot water beach. During the low tide, you can dig through the sand into a vein of fresh hot spring water and make your own little hot tub on the beach. Imagine: Sunbathing in a natural hot spa while listening to the ocean waves. It is beyond relaxing.