I had no idea we’d find giant worms in the Tararuas. Giant dragonflies too, and spiders. It’s like some kind of Jurassic park lost world. Either that or when we get to town we’ll find ourselves in a shrunken Gulliver’s Travels type situation. Wouldn’t be too bad. At least the pints will seem like proper pints!
After a bit of googling we found a species called the North Auckland Worm (Spenceriella gigantea), that apparently grows up to 1.4m in length. I’d say that Wally the Whopper Worm here was fully grown because he was definetly over a metre long.. We also found out that they glow in the dark, apparently one worm emits enough light to read a book by at night! Sadly what ever pulled him out of the ground, came back for seconds while we were up on the ridge and we never got to try him out that evening.