Posted by: scribe9 | August 8, 2010

Far North features

We’ve been to Kaitaia several times, because Rick works in the hospital there every few months. Every time we go through a certain intersection there, I want to stop and take a picture of a tile-bedecked old house, but we never did until we were there with shutter-happy Cate.

We also finally stopped at a glow-worm cave just off the highway. We couldn’t take pictures inside, to show you the tiny LED effect, but here’s the entrance

We were guided through the cave, along a solidly-built walkway with almost American-style railings, by a young Maori (the cave is on tribal property) holding a Coleman lantern aloft as she explained the history and science. A stream had cut a tunnel through sandstone, and then water dripped through and formed limestone stalagmites and stalactites over the last million years.

So, it was more a tunnel than a cave, and we emerged from the upper end into the light

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