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Oct 13, 2017 - New Plymouth to Waitomo

October 13, 2017 Dinner at Table in the Nice Hotel was superb! Quiet, intimate dining with beautifully appointed tables, dining room and toilets. I forget the owner’s name but everything reflected his excellent attention to detail. We started with a hot platter served on a long thin board: pulled pork apple sliders, BBQ beef and chorizo skewers, tempura (huge!) prawns, smoked salmon pate, chicken spring roll, oven baked bread. What a winner that was!!! 2014 Esk Valley Wine Maker’s Reserve Hawkes Bay chardonnay. For dinner I had what they...

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2017 New Zealand

Aug 7, 2017 - Glow worms at Waitomo Caves

Our last day in New Zealand we decided to go and visit the famous Waitomo glow worm cave. At first we were going to book an organised trip, but as we left it till the night before we wanted to go it was either sold out or very expensive. We did manage to find a great deal on a car rental so decided we would have one last road trip before our New Zealand adventure ended. The car we rented was a Nissan Tiida, a very old car, which reminded me of something my grandad used to drive. The journey was very long so we made a few stops at...

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Jan 6, 2017 - Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves Fri 6th Jan 12-20°C cloudy,showers. Set off for Waitomo caves at about 9:00, after trying unsuccessfully to book online or by phone. Nice drive down, but clouds were closing in. Arrived at 10:15 and managed to get two tickets on the 10:30 Glowworm cave tour. Lucky, as we were trying to book on the 2pm tour originally, except the webserver kept crashing. The glowworm cave tour was part walking tour through the dry part of the cave where our guide was very informative and entertaining, then when we boarded the boats she asked us...

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May 9, 2014 - RVing

Distance: 140 km Total 140 km Campground: Top 10 Holiday Park, Waitomo The RV check in was scheduled for 8:30 am. The RV company declined to pick us up at our hotel and the hotel declined to provide transfer to the RV company – so we just walked about 0.8 miles with our luggage. Checkin went smoothly. We got the overview of our home for the next 17 days and hit the road. Our first stop was the grocery store and we were astounded by the prices. In general food prices are about 2x of our prices in Houston. The drive from Auckland to Waitomo...

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RV Down Under

Jan 24, 2013 - Waitomo day 2

Wild adventure day! Well for me, not so much for Kara after we found out the water temperature in the caves was 10*C. Today was quite the different days for the 2 of us. Our morning started out nice, got to have a bit of a sleep in, got to face time with family then had burgers and salad for lunch. After lunch we went our separate ways for the afternoon. We were supposed to both do an underground black water rafting caving adventure, but after talking to the caving company, and finding out how cold the water was, Kara decided against...

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Engagement honeymoon

Jan 23, 2013 - Waitomo

Off to another new destination! We head off to Waitomo today, taking the long way though so we could go to Hamilton. Hamilton is a city about an hour inland east of Raglan. shopping in the small towns is expensive compared to the cities, and you also get fuel discounts at the big supermarket. We are slowly becoming better "cheap" travellers. Hamilton was a busy city, definitely not busy like back home, still had the laid back feeling, as it in in the green part of the north island. By green, it's like we have at home, earth wise political...

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Engagement honeymoon

Jan 17, 2013 - Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Such lousy weather! We stayed at Tongariro National Park for two days and still did not see the volcanos. It was cold and rainy and such low cloud cover that the volcanos were not visible. There were three big mountains just a couple of kilometres away and we could not see them. The weather is not expected to improve for another three days, so, reluctantly, we decided to move on without seeing the volcanos. We really wanted to see them but could not wait three more days in the van in the cold and rain. After several days of above 30...

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Find Tom 5

Jan 11, 2013 - Te Kuiti

January 11 It’s raining!!! Today we wake to the sound of rain on the roof. It is not heavy but seems to be persistent. After breakfast and packing up we head off to get some petrol and to drive to Te Kuiti. The rain eases to a mizzle for about an hour then becomes heavier again for a while just as we get to some steep winding roads. I take heed of the “slippery when wet” signs as the road is quite slow going. At eleven we stop for a coffee and then proceed straight through Te Kuiti to the Waitomo Caves. The Waitomo Caves complex consists of...

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Oct 27, 2012 - Waitomo Glow worm caves and return to Auckland

Our journey continued onwards into Taupo, which is the number one sky diving spot in New Zealand. That number was anticipated to grow by one as Amanda entered the city limits, however, it grew by two instead. Prior to jumping we utilized McDonald's free wifi service to read reviews about sky diving and unfortunately came across an accident in Fox Glacier which is on the south island. This scared both of us, so Tyson decided to jump, just to make sure Amanda is will be okay. There is no other sensation in the world to be hurled out of an...

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Oct 18, 2011 - Waitomo wonderland

Woke to the sound of my alarm at 06h30 and barely managed to roll myself out of bed. Looked outside and saw rain which was very exciting!  After a breakfast of peanut butter and toast and a quick bag pack, we said our farewells to Alex as he heads back to catch his flight to Singapore. Was really good to have him and look forward to spending some more time with him, Jo and little Em soon. We then dropped off Cayde at Heidis moms and headed to waitomo caves for our black water caving! Once there Colz decided she couldn't do it so Colin took...

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Buses,Babies & Bokke

Jun 3, 2011 - Going Underground

We have spent much of today underground. We have been in Waitomo exploring 3 very different caves: Firstly Aranui cave which is full of enormous stalagmites and stalactites that have been growing for thousands of years. The cave looked and felt like ice with huge limestone formations that resembled icicles hanging down above us. It looked like a fairy land. We were told that several weddings have taken place in this cave. We can understand why as it was beautiful. Secondly Ruakuri cave which is a massive cave full of many caverns and more...

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Where's Jolly?

Nov 14, 2010 - Day Two-Waitomo

I woke up today feeling the pain of 3-days of "going to the bathroom" problems. LOL. I was hoping I wouldn't be one of these people when traveling, but apparently, I am. My friend Jay tried to warn me, but I didn't listen. I've tried everything...medicine, coffee, dried fruit, apple juice...all the things that should, under normal conditions, make me run to the bathroom. Now, all I have is an insanely sick stomach and still no feeling of urgency to find a bathroom anytime soon. Too much information, I know...so, moving on.... After...

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