Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Part 2-Kiwi Land
Dad, Me & Mom
We woke up around 6.30am ( around 2.30am Malaysia time). I packed all our thingy and my husband went to pick up the car.We rented a car for 2 days for NZ$70.We had a midsized car, a good enough space for 4 of us.At first,my husband tried to find on the internet and was unsuccessful.As we have been through this stupid hassle so many times( you-know-kinda last minute thingy to do), we called the Ace Car Rental directly to make a reservation.Alhamdulillah, we got a better deal for rental car in Auckland. The best way is, make your reservation early, so that you'll get better deals!Like someone used to tell me "Always be prepared!"
Travelling around NZ via land is an excellent way to see this beautiful country. I felt in love instantly. Along the road, I can see the sheep shearing too.(BUT Of course, Hujan emas di negeri org hujan batu di negeri sendiri, lebih baik di negeri sendiri :-)That morning we made our way over to the Waitomo Caves.Waitomo is about 2 hours drive to South of Auckland.The Waitomo Caves are famous for the creatures called Arachnocampa luminosa or glowworms. We spent much of the morning sipping coffee& juices in the car.Mom packed us sandwiches( remember , we went to Foodtown to get all the stuff in our previous post?).We packed our own food to minimize pit stop and ..the most importantly, it is halal and nutritious.
I was hoping to visit Matamata where the original Hobbiton Village was built( Lord of the Rings film locations) unfortunately, we were running out of time.For instant, my baby Apeng chose to visit Waitomo Cave.I really didnt know what to expect and always thought there was nothing but ONLY a cave .We were taken with a group of 50 peoples for a really up-close view of the cave and it was absolutely blew us away!The tour guide delivered an informative and entertaining commentary, sharing cultural and their legends and the natural wonders of this living masterpiece. Firstly,we had to walk for about 30-40 minutes with all the informative explanation and the last 10-15 minutes was a boat ride. Every minutes I found myself saying
"Oh..wow.." it was that good!
"tgk kat atas, ulat tu ada cahaya!Cerah mcm kunang-kunang.Mcm bintang kat langit pun ada.."said Mom
I was mesmerized.As I went inside the cave, above my head looks like a brilliant night sky but in reality,its thousands of these glowworms attached to the ceiling of the caves.What make these glowworms so unique and special is that during their larval stage, they glow a flourescent green
"Semakin bnyk kita berjalan, semakin kita kenal kebesaran Allah.Semakin kita cinta Allah"replied dad with his husky vioce.
And yes, Dad is so true!
My love was trying to get some information from the counter.We booked our tix through internet.A lot easier and... cheaper!Tips from my baby- try to book using internet as you can save your time and get a better deals!
Mom and I waited to be called for our tour. And yes, she's my guardian :-)
We were not allowed to snap any photos inside the cave.Camera and Video Cam are prohibited.
oh ya, we ride the boat to see the glowworms.Here are the photos after we had finished riding the boat.
You'll see something like this( in the photo) in the cave.
We stopped at their information center as....hmm Mrs Apeng/Aman needed to wee-wee :p
We headed to Rotorua afterward.
Stay tuned for our next journey!