Day 6 (Hamilton / Waitomo)

First, we visited Hamilton Gardens, a place chalk full of new adventures and creative garden themes. Some of the popular themes were fantasy, productive, and paradise concept gardens. In each concept there were also sub concepts so we didn’t get to see everything in the 2 hours we had. The gardens didn’t just have plants and flowers there were also cool sculptures, such as wood carvings and floating blimps, and Water art, reflection pool and fountains. The highlight for many was our exclusive tour , to a place that was closed, with a man who worked for the gardens management. Some cool facts about the garden is that it’s 40 years old and still in development.

We also saw glow worm caves. These glow worms were about the length of a matchstick, but would only glow towards the end of their body. They glowed a beautiful blue and when with many other glow worms, they looked almost like stars. Before going to see the glow worms, we walked through caves that were discovered in the 1800s. The company there has been running tours since they were opened to the public. However, since they have been opened to the public, there have been no photos of the inside allowed because of how light, such as the camera flash, can effect the glow worms. The pictures are from the cave where we played bells in, where there also happened to be glow worms. Being able to see these glow worms was amazing because usually animals that have luminous abilities live far out of reach for public viewing, but glow worms were not even 20 feet above our head.

The last thing we did was a televised performance within a cave. There was no room for stands or tables in the caves, so we made human stands, and we had to carry all the bells that we needed from the bus to the bottom of the cave. While they were recording, we had to play some music twice or even three times so they could get “all the angles”. Now because of the spiral ramp that led to the bottom, when we dumped our bells, it sent a really really cool sound up to the top of the cave. It was almost a whah whah whah sound. If you can picture that. After we were recorded, and Scott was done soloing, which sounded amazing, we went on a tour through the rest of the cave there. That’s where we got the pictures of the glow worms. All of this made an amazing day, and an once in a lifetime experience that we can never forget.

Jack Henry and Paul


1 Comment

  1. What a fabulous experience, handbells playing for the resident glow worms. Now you’ve done everything. BTW – Jack Henry, you’ve grown so much, I’d hardly recognize you except you do so look like your special dad.


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