What a very, very special couple of days. Family and more family… the family links to some were technically closer than others. But without exception just the loveliest, friendliest most welcoming people.
Firstly we met up with Chris, Belinda, Amelia and Ben and immediately continued our friendship with them from our previous visit three years ago. To go on the tour in Waitomo caves just 30 minutes later just felt totally natural.
We visited two caves in Waitomo, each quite different. The first with a walk through caves with stalactites and stalagmites followed by a silent boat trip through the glow worm caves. Very magical to be in dark caves with hundreds of little twinkling glow worm lights above us. (unfortunately no photos permitted).
The second cave had huge cavernous chambers with even more dramatic stalagmites and stalactites. Wow.
This was followed by an impromptu visit to relatives of our relatives! And the most wonderful NZ hospitality including afternoon tea, homemade jams and the warmest, loveliest welcome.
A very special day. And the sun shone.