Glow Worms on the Ruakuri Bush Track

We went on a bushwalk near Aranui Cave at dusk, and made our way back when it got dark. We got to admire the galaxy of glow worms that came out as we walked and the sky turned navy.

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Raglan

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The black sands of Ngarunui Beach were glittering in the sun and when we examined up close we could see tiny fragments of green and blue paua shell.

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Like standing on a shore of black glitter.

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All Cuddles, Furry Fuzzy and Prickly

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We were able to hand feed the lemurs! Today they had corn kernels.

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Ring-tailed lemurs are up there with my all-time favourite animals, so touching them and interacting with them like this was just amazing.

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Alyssa has always loved hedgehogs as long as I’ve known her; when we found out there are hedgehogs in New Zealand it became clear that we would need to meet one.

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This is George, a rescued hedgehog who has returned to health but as yet still is not good at curling into a ball when people and predators are nearby. He was quite snuggly.

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Mango and Banksy, two rescued ginger cats at Barista Cats Cafe in Auckland.

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Hamburglar arrived at the cat cafe at only 8 months old, but is very social and known for stealing food.

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Bryan is a ginger manx (tail-less) cat who lost both his eyes to cat flu when he was young. Being blind and tail-less, he isn’t as steady on his feet and relies on his nose and whiskers to find his way around. But he still found my chai tea as soon as I came over to say hello.

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Hamilton

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Lime flavoured milk?! We tried it, it was like a cross between Aero and green cordial.

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Alyssa found a wonderfully friendly cat to play with

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Chris was set on cooking spaghetti bolognese for dinner

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We love our Airbnb house tucked away in Hamilton

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We all watched The Hobbit together in anticipation for our tour of the Hobbiton movie set the next day.