A very long drive
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Woke again to a rainy morning, warm but rainy. Breakfast was quite a traumatic start to the day. After packing everything up we were sat in the car enjoying a peaceful breakfast in perfect surroundings. We sat in the car watching the ducks waddling around the site, including one which had 6 ducklings around her, very cute. We were just looking and admiring, noticing how one had got left behind but was doing a little duckling run to catch up when ...SWOOOOSH... a seagull had swept down and had it in its mouth, within seconds it flew up and back down again, in 30 seconds mother duck was left with 5 ducklings and one very satisfied seagull! We (along with the rest of the campers) were quite traumatised by this gruesome display of nature. We felt like we had just been on the set of a David Attenbourgh documentary.
We left campsite about 8am, to go to see some gloworm caves, about 1/2 hour from the campsite. We took the guided tour through the caves. It was really spectacular. The caves themselves were amazing with all the staligmites and staligtites, and the little gloworms were really good, like looking into the night sky on a clear night. It was well worth the visit, probably much better than the famous Waitimo Caves, we certainly got to see a lot of glowing little spots.
We then set off on our epic journey down the North Island, we had a bizarre intention of making it to Tongirairo National Park but it became increasingly unlikely. We saw lots of varied NZ scenery on the way, a dense rainforest, the Tasman Sea and many typical NZ towns.