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Moakurarua Stream

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  • Day113

    Waitomo Caves

    July 24, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    After a rain free night and clear morning everything was looking good for the caving trip today.

    We arrived at Kiwi Caving and were told everything was good to go. The water level was still slightly high but that would just add to the fun apparently. We were also the only two on the tour so once again we had a private tour with our guide Beth. A short drive to the changing rooms and some snazzy wetsuits, welly boots and hard hat later, we were ready to go. We were also kitted out with a harness as this tour included a vertical abseil into and climb out of the cave.

    After a quick practice of speed control on the abseil cavers rack with a rope tied to a fence we were led to the caves entrance. Blake was first up and her terrified face and little yelp as she went over the edge was followed by a huge smile as she disappeared into the cave. I was up next, shortly followed by Beth. Once at the bottom we could fully experience the full force of the water gushing through the cave. The next lesson was crossing the water by walking further up stream then diagonally walking across using the water to take you over.

    We then headed up stream and walked along the side wall of the cave and across a small wire bridge. It wasn't long before we had our first stop and turned our lights off to see the glowworms. As our eyes adjusted hundreds of little yellow glows started to appear. It was pretty cool and Beth even pointed out a couple of glowworms up close. They are funny little creatures really. The spend around 9 - 12 months as worms before they turn into a fly. As a fly, they have no mouths so only live for up to 48 hours as they can't feed. In those 48 hours they do nothing but mate / lay eggs.

    It was then time for the black water rafting bit in the rubber rings which was really fun and a much easier way to explore the cave, although there were some mini waterfalls and a couple of stray rocks that hit your bum if you didn't have it high enough.

    Deep inside the cave there were lots of crawl spaces. These tiny little spaces were mostly stops for action shots but one took us through to a little room with a bigger waterfall where we stopped for a hot squash refreshment. There was also a bit with a deep pool which you could swim across to a natural slide in the corner. I for some reason made a right meal of climbing up but Blake flew up and we both slid down.

    You would think that it would be really cold down in the cave but it wasn't at all. The air was really humid and the wet suits were really thick (for this reason we were specifically warned not to pee in them as it would stay in there and Beth didn't fancy washing it out) so we were quite warm at times, even Blake wasn't cold! Splashing into the pool at the bottom of the slide was a bit of a shock though as the water went down your back!

    Once we had gone as far as we could go on the tubes, we explored the cave further on foot. After checking we were a couple, Beth took us to the 'Honeymoon Hole' which were two holes next to each other which you had to pull yourself through for a picture. One of the holes was considerably smaller than the other one so Beth lined Blake up for this one. After barely getting her head in she decided that one wasn't for her so we swapped and got the picture before I struggled to pull my body through the end. It was super tight to be fair!

    Before we made our way out of the cave, we stopped again for another hot squash and some chocolate whilst we enjoyed the glowworms. Here they were even more impressive than before! There were so many of them. Beth even pointed out a cluster of baby glowworms which was pretty cool.

    Back at the entrance to the cave we harnessed back up before the fun climb out. All in all the activity was around 4 and a half hours and to say we were pooped was an understatement!! We made our way back for a hot shower, hot soup and watched the pictures on a big screen. All in all it was a great day and a really awesome activity.
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  • Day111


    July 22, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Waitomo is famous for its caves which people flock from all around to see the glowworms. There are a variety of ways that you can visit the caves but we opted to explore the caves on rubber rings. We arrived at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. nice and early, ready for our caving adventure to find out that the cave was flooded so we wouldn't be able to go today!

    There isn't a lot else to do in Waitomo apart from caving so we went for a scenic drive to see a natural bridge, a small cave and a waterfall. The Mangapōhue natural bridge is formed from the remains of an ancient cave. Despite the rain, it looked incredible. Our next stop was the Piripiri cave. We had to take a torch as it was pitch black but there were some pretty impressive rock formations inside. Our last stop was Marokopa Falls, a 43m waterfall. One good thing that came from all the rain was the serious amount of water that was crashing down it! We got a quick picture and then headed back to the van as we were getting pretty wet!

    To keep the twitcher happy we visited Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park. Here we got to see some Kiwi's which was pretty cool. They are very funny creatures as they look more like a mammal than a bird and have really tiny wings that you can't see so they walk around a little bit like a dinosaur searching for insects. They are super cute though. They also had a variety of other birds for Simon to get excited about, including mountain parrots, parakeets and falcons. They also had a couple of rare tuatara which are an iguana type reptile.

    Tomorrow we are heading to the shire, to the real life Hobbiton movie set so we picked a free spot to camp near there so we wouldn't have to drive very far in the morning.
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  • Day18

    Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton

    December 9, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Sooo.. Expedition „Höhlenmensch für Stephi“ gaht idi nächscht Rundi und dasmal überlömmer nüt em Zuefall und gönd direkt id Höhli ine🔦🔎

    Nachdem mer vo eusne zwei Guides in Empfang gno worde sind, fahrt die ganz Gruppe (mir zwei und d Guides - ja es isch quasi e unerwarteti Private Tour gsi) los richtig Höhli. Womer endli eusi schigge Overalls und d Gummistiefel montiert hend, seiled mir eus 100 Meter id Tüüfi ab.. Spass bei Seite - es war der füdliblute Wahnsinn🙃
    Nachdem mer ca. 30 Minute dur d Höhli klettered sind und mit de zweit-beschte Schoggi vode Welt eus gstärkt hend, hemmers entli gfunde!!! Neii nid de Höhlemensch, aber gaaaaaanz vieeeeeel Glüehwürmli💛🐞

    Nach dem Aabentüür gahts für eus wiiter uf Mittelerde - d Kim mit vor Freude glänzige Äugli und d Stephi im Halbschlaf

    Mir nämed die letschti Tour vo dem Tag und erkundet s Movieset vo Hobbit und Herr der Ringe aka Hobbiton🧝🏻‍♀️🧙🏻‍♂️🧝🏼🧟‍♀️
    Als Belohnig will mer so brav zueglosed hend und super posiert (gemäss em öpe 15 jährige Guide liebt eus d Kamera🤷🏻‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️) hets es gratis Hobbitbier im Green Dragon gä🍻

    P.S. @ Lorena: eis Foti isch nur für dich, raat mal welles🤪
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  • Day38

    Waitomo Caves

    March 9, 2018 in New Zealand

    Wir machten eine geführte Tour in den Waitomo Caves. Zuerst müssten wir unzählige Treppen hinuntersteigen, anschliessend sahen wir riesige Tropfsteine. Nun konnten wir mit unseren Ringen gemütlich das unterirdische Bächlein hinabgleiten und die vielen, wunderschönen Glühwürmchen betrachten. An Action fehlte es aber auch nicht, denn wir mussten noch einen Wasserfall hinunter springen und eine steile Rutschbahn hinunter rutschen.Read more

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