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I'll be going to this place tomorrow:
Awesome name, don't you think?
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Yeah, that's the sound they make. Apparently some people think it sounds like "morepork", and that is therefore their (English) name.
Owlcatraz was very very quirky, and an easy place to spend a few enjoyable hours. The man-made lake and huge glowworm caves were clearly the work of an obsessive character, but the enthusiasm was highly infectious. If you want to go there, do so soon, as the place is up for sale, and it is hard to see how new owners would maintain the same spirit.
I'm in New Plymouth today. Had some truly awesome views of the Taranaki/Mt Egmont volcano. Tomorrow it's back to Auckland and then on to Hawaii's volcanoes.