Today our mom decided that we needed to go to one of her classes. A Maori lady was supposed to come and teach the students how to act when they went to the Maori village - called a "Marae". Unfortunatly, she never showed up, so we listened to our mom's friend Susan lecture. Then a guy lecturing about the history of New Zealand and the Maori showed up and we sat through part of that. Then our dad came from the airport where he was dropping off a friend to fly to the North Island. We stayed with him until the students got out of class. Then we went to lunch.
After lunch, we started the 3 hour driving trip to Hokitika (VIA Arthur's Pass). Hokitika is very small town on the West Coast. It touches the Tasman Sea, so there are a whole bunch of good, black sand beaches there. The only way to get there is by Arthur's Pass. This is a road up through the mountains, so there are some great views. The road twists and turns in every direction. It was horrible!! We stopped at one point, to get a picture and there was a Kea there. He was pretty mangy looking and he couldn't fly, so he must have been released there.
Finally, we got to Hokitika, but we didn't go to the hotel we were staying in, we went to a place called Punakaiki (Pew-na-kai-key) - the Pancake Rocks. There are many stacks of rocks that look like pancakes stacked on top of each other. They are amazing!!!. We even saw some dolphins at a lookout point.
We then went to the Black Sands Motel, where we were staying. It has Beach access, so we walked down to the beach and collected some rocks. At this time, it was about 9:30, but still very warm and very light. We waited until 10:00, when it started getting dark we drove across the street to the Gloworm caves. They just look like tiny glowing dots, but there is a lot more to them. They are actually 20-40 centimeters long and they don't glow. It is their droppings that glow!!!!!!!!!!!
We then went back to the hotel and went to bed.