Waitomo Glowworm Caves
What a sight it is to see a sky full of stars amidst the polluted cities which we live in. I crave to see stars in the night sky but I always fail. I look up to the sky almost every day expecting there to be some sudden change, some ray of shiny stars. There is a feeling of wonder and awe when you look up to the sky and see glitter in there. I felt this awe when I went to Waitomo and saw the glowworm caves there. Waitomo is a small town in the northern island of New Zealand. In Maori, the term Waitomo can literally be divided into two words- “wai” which means water and “tomo” which means hole. Waitomo consists of several caves after which it is named. These caves are the habitat of various glow-worms and I explored these through the streams which go through them.
Hobbiton Movie Set
New Zealand is almost synonymous with Lord of The Rings and for fans of the franchise, Wellington is the right place to be in order to embark upon a day tour exploring the filming locations of the fantastical Middle Earth. Moreover, do not miss out on saying hello to Gandalf and Gollum at the Wellington International Airport.
Woodlands Historic Homestead
The Woodlands Homestead is known to be one of the last standing Victorian ‘kit houses.’ The rooms and corridors have been partially restored, but retain a unique charm from a bygone era. The display cabinets are full of fine silverware and crockery (that had no doubt been privy to the choicest gossip of the times), while the walls in the west wing have hand-painted motifs from the 1840's. The Homestead offers guests the unique experience of conducting meetings and intimate dinner parties in its many rooms, including a traditional Victorian bedchamber and Smokers Room. I walked past a string of trophies and horse racing memorabilia in the corridors and discovered that as the Homestead changed hands, the owners shared a love for racing.Today, the park basks in the limelight for being the seat of the ‘Living Legends’— a retirement home for the country’s finest racehorses, established in the year 2006 by a group of racing enthusiasts. Today, the Living Legends gives the public a rare opportunity to ‘rub noses’ with Australia’s equestrian royalty, surrounded by 1700 acres of parkland. The Greene family had organised some of the earliest racing events in the country, in these very paddocks—so it did seem poetic that the country’s champion racehorses, including four Melbourne Cup winners, retire here.
Tongariro River Rafting
Rafting opportunities are available in the Taupo region of North Island throughout the year. The rivers crisscrossing through the region offer adventure activities ranging from Grade 1 rafting on easy waters to Grade 5 extreme adventure rafting. On Tongariro River, you can enjoy a rafting experience from Grade 2 to 4. Experienced guides will help you understand the safety guidelines and gear is available at the site.You can also head to other white water rafting sites in the Bay of Plenty and the Hawke's Ba. Rafting opportunities are also available around Queenstown and the West Coast.