The wind was still really strong so with no hope of doing any of the activities that we had planned for Taupo we were left with little choice other than to drive over to Waitomo, the home of the famous glow worm caves, one of New Zealand’s biggest tourist attractions
. We took the SH30 through more rolling countryside than you could shake a kauri stick at and rolled up to a deserted Ngaherenga Camp in Pureora Forest Park, the nearest DOC camp to the caves. Not feeling in the right frame of mind for a long blow the cobwebs away tramp along some of the suggested walks there instead I devoured two kiwi fruits and we settled down to watch a movie. Yes I did feel very guilty, we are supposed to be in training for Machu Picchu but hell I did feel rotten – I will try harder in future and find my inner tramp.
We ended up watching Politics by Ricky Gervais (Fame was miles better) then The Ghost Writer with Ewan Macgregor it was a bit predictable but by the time it was finished it had gone dark and we thought better of cooking a meal outside, we felt so isolated, so we locked all of the doors and had a bit of a read before we fell asleep-hopefully tonight’s would be a better quality sleep than last night’s we had a breakfast date with some famous glow worms.
I think we both opened our eyes together and groaned when we discovered that if was in fact 11.30am, the latest that we have ever slept in within the last 6 months. We had got in at god knows what time, Emma later informed us it was about 2am, after fun and games in Mulligan's and too many large white wines. Today we were suffering for it and then some. The windows of the van were full of condensation and I’m convinced that it probably had a very high alcohol content. Andrew managed to drag himself out of the van before me and we decided the best way to ease the hangover would be a long hot soak in one of the private tubs at Taupo hot springs spa, which quite handily was attached to our campsite. Well we spent a couple of hours in the mineral enriched water but the hangover remained, I actually think it made me feel worse but Andrew seemed to perk up.