Twinkle twinkle little star

5 Jan

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“Are they real?” whispered Eve as we sat in the boat in the inky dark cave, water gently slapping on the rocks, gazing in wonder at the hundreds of thousands of pin pricks of light above us.  I can understand why she asked.  The Waitomo glow worms create an effect as magical as anything Disney’s Imagineers have conjured up.

We learnt all sorts of facts about glowworms in the sprawling, cathedral like underground caverns of Waitomo.  While we listened to the life story of the little glowing maggots (they’re called worms for marketing purposes, worms sell better than maggots), we marvelled at the stalactites above us.  Some are huge and monstrous, hundreds of thousands of years in the making, some impossibly delicate, like glistening limestone icicles, one astonishingly beautiful, a draped shawl of rock, that looks like it was carved by Michaelangelo.

But it was the glow worms which will stay with us.  The tiny pin pricks of blue green light scattered in their thousands, across the cavernous black ceiling, like a dazzling milky way. “I think they’re beautiful”, Dickon whispered to me as we were leaving.  I think they are beautiful too.


11 Responses to “Twinkle twinkle little star”

  1. TheMadHouse 05/01/2011 at 8:57 am #

    Truely amazing images. I love these stories, what dreams are made of

  2. jay 05/01/2011 at 8:59 am #

    WOW. I can’t even imagine what that must have been like to see in person. Amazing…

  3. christinemosler 05/01/2011 at 9:05 am #

    Wow. Just wow. I am whispering too. That must’ve been awesome (in it’s true, unadulterated sense).

  4. Josie 05/01/2011 at 3:35 pm #

    This sounds extraordinary. It sounds like the kind of experience that they will be remembering for as long as they live, pinpricks of light infiltrating dreams and memories. Wonderful x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 06/01/2011 at 5:36 am #

      I love the way you put that. I hope so x

  5. andthenallithoughtaboutwasyou 06/01/2011 at 9:52 pm #

    Wow these look amazing xx

  6. Sonja 07/01/2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Just found your blog through DeliciousBaby! Glad to know another family traveler!
    Sonja at

  7. wandering educators 07/01/2011 at 4:43 pm #

    love this! i like worms better than maggots, too (although there’s not much difference in the yuck factor).

  8. Amie from Ciao Bambino 07/01/2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Love the story … and images!

  9. Tracy Burns 08/01/2011 at 12:23 pm #

    I love Waitomo – my father took me there when I was 12 and it’s still one of my favourite travel memories. I’m sure it will be the same for your children!


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