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Waitomo Stream

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  • Day110

    Caven in Waitomo

    January 11, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    In Waitomo zijn we naar de Ruakuri Cave geweest voor een black water rafting experience. Het was eigenlijk tuben in plaats van raften, maar desondanks was het gaaf en waren de glowworms heel mooi!

  • Day17

    Black Water Rafting Waitomo

    December 18, 2017 in New Zealand

    Due to the fact that it was surprised to rain today, I was deciding to do the Black Water Rafting.
    Waitomo is famous for its limestone caves which you can find here everywhere.
    Many of them are really big and you can go into them with a guide.
    There a different kind of tours, wet and dry, shorter or longer once.
    I was deciding to do the Black Abyss, the longest tour of all. ✌🏼
    We were starting with dressing up again. Wetsuits, boots, helmet, and a harness.
    We jumped on a bus for a short ride to the Arukari Cave.
    Here we got some safety instructions and could Test the abseil system before we started our adventure with abseiling us in a dark and partly quite small hole that was around 100m deep. 😳🙈
    After a short walk or more climb, we stopped again for the next highlight. We had to zip line in the dark with a lot of glow worms over us. That was really amazing.
    After a hot chocolate and a really good cake, we had to grab a tube and jump with it from a platform, around 5-6m high, into the water.
    Oh the water was quite cold I can say 🙈
    Then we were paddling deeper into the cave to see millions and millions of glow worms. On the way back we were holding on each other and one of our guides was pulling us back, completely in the dark so we can watch all the glow worms over and around us.
    I had a girl in my group, she is a Maori and she was singing some really beautiful Maori songs for us. These Caves have a really special acoustic and it's was just amazing.
    After this, we were starting to walk and swim through the water what is not as easy as it sounds 🙈
    The ground is extremely uneven and you can't really see where you are walking so it was an experience I can say.
    To get out of the cave we had to crawl through some really small holes and tunnels, climb up on two waterfalls and craw through even smaller tunnels 😳🙈
    It's was an amazing experience and a real adventure!
    I hade a really nice group and we all had a lot of fun together!
    The warm shower after 5 hours in the cold and dark cave was almost the best of all 😉😂 but just almost. 😊
    We got some hot soup and bread to eat afterward what was really nice and needed.

    I was then driving to Taupo where I gonna spend the night.
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  • Day14

    Waitomo-grottan Ruakuri

    November 14, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    En händelserik dag med fyra aktiviteter och 432 tagna foton började i grottsystemet i Waitomo, känt för sina lysmaskar. Se mer här:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHM02ptBGB0

    Grottsystemet är sju mil långt och det finns många som har investerat i att tillgängliggöra bitar av det. Vi råkade hamna i en grotta som heter Ruakuri, maori för Två hundar. En gång i tiden fanns här två vildhundar som jagade en stamledare på flykten (och sedermera fick göra tjänst som hans skrud), men numera är det lysmaskarna som lockar.

    Sländor kläcks i vattnet som rinner genom grottan, och endemiska lysmaskar (Arachnocampa luminosa) lurar upp dem i sina klibbiga fångsttrådar genom att simulera himmelens ljus. Både fascinerande och mycket vackert!

    Vi gick i en liten grupp på åtta personer med en duktig guide som dock inte kunde hålla sig från att berätta hur roligt det hade varit att fira sig ner, åka lina och skvalpa runt i bilring i floden vilket erbjöds som ett äventyrligare sätt att uppleva grottan.

    Han hade också lite hemkokta geologiska teorier om att grottorna kanske inte alls var så gamla som det sägs (tusentals i stället för miljontals år). Eftersom det fanns gott om inbäddade fossil och organiskt material i kalkstenslagren tycker jag att den teorin borde gå att falsifiera men jag gav mig inte in i någon debatt om detta.
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  • Day20

    Tongariro NP to Waitomo

    November 9, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    We woke up to a rainy day and visibility was very low. We were happy that we had nice weather during our visit to Tongariro NP.

    Our next stop are the Waitomo caves. We want to see some glowworms 😁 We booked a 2 caves tour and started with Ruakuri cave. Our guide led our rather small group down 15m of spiralcase. Lighting was minimal and our eyes got used to the darkness very quickly. Learned some things about stalactites and stalagmites and got to see the first glowworms in a close up. At the end of the tour we needed to wash our hands with the water at the stone, which was a kind of a cleaning ritual, since we were at a sacred place (a tapu).Read more

  • Day14

    Aranui Cave

    February 14, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Da auch für die Ruakuri-Cave Eintritt bezahlt werden musste, haben wir uns dagegen entschieden und stattdessen nur die kostenfreie Aranui Cave angesehen. Leider regnete es auch hier wieder in Strömen, aber glücklicherweise waren wir perfekt ausgestattet und konnten so trotzdem einmal mehr die Macht der Natur bestaunen.Read more

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