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Nov 26, 2009 - Glow worms and caves

Waitomo We took a couple of days out at Rororua and made the most of the hot pools, thermal sights and the campsite facilities. I'm sitting in the van at the Waitomo caves which are probably not far from Hangatiki. Keith has gone off for a morning of caving activities while I take a morning off. It's a lovely clear sunny day with not a cloud in the sky and it's already hot.. The caves are good limestone caverns with water but with the added bonus of glow worms on the ceiling. They just look like twinkly stars. Apparently they attract flies...

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Apr 15, 2007 - Gushing water and outdoor heated seats!!

It was another normal start, at least New Zealanders seem to appreciate their sleep as much as I do so the departure times seem to be between 8 and 9am, okay for me!! This morning started at Te Puia, "which is NZ's most well known thermal area complete with geysers, boiling mud, live Maori Arts and Crafts Centre and a Kiwi bird house" (boy I sound smart, but actually that is just from our little travel guide you get with the kiwi experience!!! But really that's where I went this morning and it quite interesting. Amongst all the adrenaline...

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Dec 11, 2005 - Waitomo Caving Adventure

Hare Mai, and welcome back once again. I'm glad you're here so I can share my thoughts and experiences with you. Just before I was supposed to go to Waitomo I got sick and had to stay in Rotorua to get well. It took a couple of days, but that's what happens. On the 8'th of december I went on the Kiwi bus to go to Waitomo, we had a good trip with a stop at the Mangapohue Natural Bridge and at a real Redwood forest, but was delayed by a nasty truck accident. It took a while to get the driver out, and he was allright more or less. In Waitomo...

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Feb 25, 2005 - Waitomo - Black Water Rafting & Glowing Poo!

RAST! This was up there with the Nevis for gettin the adrenaline goin, definately not the place to go if you're afraid of the dark, cluastrophobic, dont like eels and dont like cold water! Started by abseiling down into the cavern about 35 metres below the surface, its pitch black at the bottom (Apart from your head lamps which were just LED's to protect the gloworms), and then a zip-line down a further 10 metres to a ledge and then a 3 metre JUMP down into the river sat in an inner tube. When you hit the water it dont half smack yer arse!...

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Oct 17, 2004 - Glowworm Caves, Waitomo

We arrived at the caves and bourght our tickets. They told us to wait until 5pm for the next tour. We went outside to take some photos and would you believe it? We bumped into Heather and Chris, who we'd also bumped into in Cook Islands and Auckland! Auckland is over 150 km north! Total coincidence - but we all planned to meet up in Taupo midweek! The caves were fantastic! Very much like Wookie Hole! But Better! Lots of features, and the tour finished off by showing us a huge cave (which we had to get to by boat) full of glow worms on the...

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