Εμπειρία με οικοδεσπότη τον/την Ken
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You don't have to travel hours out of Auckland to see glow worms! Drive to a farm 45 minutes south of downtown Auckland to enjoy a unique New Zealand experience. Or better still stay overnight in accommodation on the farm (see Airbnb Ararimu, Auckland, the Rimu Hut). You will be transported on a buggy along farm tracks and walk through virgin native bush down to a crystal clear springfed stream. Your host has erected a boardwalk along the stream to protect the ecosystem (and keep your feet dry). As you move along the boardwalk, you are likely to see freshwater crayfish and you may catch a glimpse of resident eels. If you are lucky, you may hear a morepork (NZ owl) hoot. On the sheltered stream banks, you will see the blue-green glow of scores of glow worms. You will continue walking along the stream on the boardwalk for 5-10 minutes until you come to a purpose built bench, where you will sit a while and enjoy a magical world of sparkling glow worms. Be warned - you will not be in a hurry to leave this special location!
You don't have to travel hours out of Auckland to see glow worms! Drive to a farm 45 minutes south of downtown Auckland to enjoy a unique New Zealand experience. Or better still stay overnight in accommodation on the farm (see Airbnb Ararimu, Auckland, the Rimu Hut). You will be transported on a buggy along farm tracks and walk through virgin native bush down to a crystal clear springfed stream. Your host has erected a boardwalk along the strea…
Η δέσμευση του/της Ken στην ασφάλεια
Αυτός ο οικοδεσπότης έχει δεσμευτεί να τηρεί τις οδηγίες ασφάλειας και καθαρισμού της Airbnb για τη νόσο COVID-19, τους κανόνες αποστάσεων και τις πρακτικές καλής υγιεινής, αλλά και να διασφαλίζει ότι όλοι οι συμμετέχοντες φορούν μάσκα.
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You will meet your host at the farmhouse and he will take you on a buggy to the back of the farm to the start of the walking track through the bush and down to Glowworm Gully.
I had a great time visiting Ken's farm and seeing the glow worms! When I arrived Ken and his wife were hospitable and gracious hosts, offering me tea, coffee and cookies. They were warm and welcoming and we had a nice chat in their farmhouse (that he built!) until it was suitably dark enough to start the nighttime tour. We took a fun ride on a sturdy jeep to the beginning of the descent. From there we walked on foot down a hill through the bush/forest/trees. It was fun descending on foot down through the foliage in the dark, aided by torches/flashlights. You must have very steady footing for that part, and for the return ascent up the hill. When we got to the bottom we walked on wooden beams that Ken thoughtfully laid down throughout the glow worm path. We encountered more and more glow worms until we were surrounded by them! It was quite serene and beautiful. We sat at "Glowworm Gully" for a bit until I was ready to return. We had fun moments throughout the walk, such as leaving food for the resident eels in hopes of enticing them out of their hiding spots. It worked! We eventually spotted a couple and we followed one as he swam down the small stream. We saw eels and some crawfish during our walk, and then greeted some curious cows upon our return to the farmhouse. It was a delightful rural experience only 45 minutes outside of downtown Auckland. It was particularly special meeting Ken's family and having them join us on the tour, which made it an even more personal and enjoyable experience. Ken and his family were very friendly and Ken himself was very knowledgeable about glow worms. I also enjoyed learning about his career managing his farm. He gamely answered all of my questions about the local area, farming, glow worms, and such. Final verdict: observing the glow worms was really cool! Definitely worth a trip if you have a free evening in Auckland. And if you're lucky you get to meet a really cool family as an additional treat. Activity level: You will need to be able to walk up and down a small hill in the dark, interweaving between trees, while holding your torch/flashlight to illuminate your path. You also should be able to walk one foot in front of the other on wooden boards. Walking on the boards was comfortable and easy. The boards are laid adjacent and above above the shallow stream, so you still need to be mindful of where you step so that you don't lose your balance and accidentally step in the shallow water. For others who will participate in the experience, if you want to take pictures of the glow worms I recommend bringing a camera that can take good shots in low light. To see the glow worms really well the torches/flashlights will be turned off and as you snap away you probably don't want pictures of fuzzy dots LOL. Also, I drove to the farm as the sun was setting and I spotted a couple of breathtaking sunset views as I was passing through the region. I recommend allowing some extra time to make a stop or two during the drive to take pictures of some beautiful landscapes at dusk. Overall the evening was a wonderful experience and a welcome opportunity to experience a rural setting only a short drive from the city. (I learned that Ken and his wife also manage an AirBnb off-the-grid cabin that is popular with the locals who want a short rural stay. It seems like another opportunity to get disconnected and reconnect with nature that I will likely try in the near future.) Overall I highly recommend this personal glow worm tour if you're looking for a quiet adventure that is unique and special.
I had a great time visiting Ken's farm and seeing the glow worms! When I arrived Ken and his wife were hospitable and gracious hosts, offering me tea, coffee and cookies. They w…
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Guests will need to be capable of walking down a slope using a torch to light the way.
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