Since it's still off season, I reached out to Barbara to ask about availability. She was kind enough to host us at their B&B despite not being open yet for the season! So nice! The accommodation is lovely - clean, spacious, cozy. Bathroom is really nice. Jacuzzi outside was amazing to soak in after our night walk. Breakfast the next morning was filling and delicious, stocked with homemade or locally sourced goodies.
Speaking of the night walk... WOW. What an experience. Definitely worth doing (and no need to stay at the B&B to sign up as the walking tours can be done separately.)
Ian, our guide, and the other owner of the place, grew up playing in this forest as a kid so he knew everything about it and was really passionate about maintaining it and protecting it. The walk is what you make of it... the more interest you have, the more you will see. It was amazing seeing the nightlife come out as it got darker. We saw lots of weta, walking sticks, snails, spiders, plus some Kauri trees, of course!
Overall a really unique experience and definitely worth checking out!
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