03.03.2017 - 14.03.2017 15 °C
We woke aboard the Fiordland Navigator in the Doubtful Sound before heading back to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri. Today the weather was wet and overcast but as the annual rainfall is about 900inches is is not unusual but we saw a great rainbow. Before we returned we had a wonderful period of absolute silence in Doubtful Sound with the engines and generations on the ship turned off and everyone still to contemplate our incredible surroundings for 5 minutes..... It was a wonderful experience............
Returning to Manapouri we drove the short distance to Te Anau to board the catamaran Liminosa for the 25 minutes ride to Cavern House to see the Glowworm Caves. Only 12,000 years old, in geographical standards the caves are very young, still being carved out by the force of the water that flows through them. The result is a twisted network of limestone passages filled with Sculptured rock, whirlpools and a roaring underwater waterfall.
Deep inside the caves beyond the noise of the water we were taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by hundreds of glow worms, unique from to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness they produce a glittering display that is extraordinary.