We left my Aunty and Uncles and headed across the country to Waitomo which is famous for its caves and more importantly glow worms which we had waited to see for some time. After arriving and waiting for the sun to set so we had the necessary dark to see the glow worms we grabbed our torches and headed for the caves. We took a walk that took us through woods and into giant caves with rivers running through them along with some smaller ones which involved some ducking and scurrying to get through. All of this in the dark, surrounded with glowworms which look like stars in the sky it was spectacular!
The next day for ANZAC weekend we headed to the West of the North Island to the Taranaki peninsula to see our friend Eryn again, this time in here home town of Hawera. Not much to say about Hawera. Along with Eryn's friend Rachel we went on a tour of the beaches on the peninsula making the best of the weather which was less than perfect. We stopped for some lunch in Opunake before carrying on to New Plymouth. When we had finished our circuit we headed to Anna's house, another of Eryn's friends, as we heard she had a hot tub. After a number of drinks and a random 'joke hour' we decided it was time for us all to leave and head back to Eryn's.
The next day we got up to better weather and went to do some short walks around Mount Taranaki, the major landmark in the area and stopped on the way back for a delicious NZ pie and I had what was the biggest single scoop ice cream possible with chocolate dip! Nom nom.