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Oct 27, 2017 - Caving and birding in Waitomo--North Island New Zealand

October 27, 2017-Today we did some iconic New Zealand tourist sites. We drove to Waitomo where we parked our RVs and took a bus over to the Ruakuri Cave. The name Ruakuri, or “den of dogs” was created when wild dogs were discovered making their home in the cave entrance. Of course it was known to the Maori for hundreds of years earlier, and used as a burial site, but it wasn’t really “discovered” until the white settlers found it. The cave was open to the public from 1904 until 1988, when it was closed due to a legal and financial dispute....

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Sep 9, 2017 - An unexpected journey

Our plan for today was to drive down to Waitomo Caves and visit all three of the major caves in the area on a kind of buy two, get one free deal. This meant an early start to make our first booking at 10:30, so we aimed to leave Auckland by 7:30. Unfortunately, we misjudged the time we needed to pack up and completely blew our wiggle room before we even drove off! By the time we got going at 8:00, we had only 5 minutes to spare. The drive down was OK, but rain, traffic, refuelling and roadworks took away any chance we had to make up time....

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RandA's Kiwi Kapers

Jan 30, 2016 - Last night in the van ( in the North Island)

We left New Plymouth and headed north up the coast. Beautiful morning and sad to leave a lovely site and town. We had lunch in the van inTe Kuiti and then moved onto the Waitomo glow-worm caves. Free entry for one of us as part of the campervan rental. Interesting walk through stalactite and stalagmite caves and then onto a small boat and through caves where the roof was covered with glow-worms. Carried onto our last site at Otorohanga. Not too many people about and we are hoping that as the school holidays ended this week we we find...

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Nov 29, 2015 - Tubing in the Waitomo Caves

Yesterday we drove about 2 hours north west to the Waitomo Caves. Several people had told us about the adventures of tubing through the caves (called black water rafting). After squeezing ourselves into squishy, cold wet suits with little booties and ankle high white galoshes (is this bringing back memories, Alaine?)- we climbed into the van for a short ride to collect our inner tubes and to make a "practice leap" backwards into the stream. Much to our surprise, we learned that cold water still manages to creep in under the wet suit - WHAT?...

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Apr 21, 2014 - Waitomo Caves, North Island, NZ

Today was a short travel day, so we took advantage before heading out and made several calls back home where it was still Easter! Then we drove to Waitomo where we took the Ruakuri Cave tour through limestone caves with many cave features but not much color. There were also several areas of glow worms and we were close enough to get a good look at the sticky threads they spun to trap flying insects for their meals. Similar to spiders and their webs, but here the threads hung straight down individually to catch their prey attracted by the...

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Mar 7, 2013 - Black Water Rafting in A Glow-worm Cave! Waitomo

After a nerve wrecking 4 hours for Amy, we arrived at the skydive centre. It was so cool she was greeted by a limo and the plane was bright pink – awesome. I wasn’t allowed to stay and watch so I got a half smile/half fear faced wave and off she went. Before arriving at our hostel we went to Huka Waterfalls, they are the largest mass volume falls in the world and they were so beautiful very fast flowing but crystal blue. James, Chris and I had a walk around before heading to our hostel, Urban Retreat. The hostel was really nice and right...

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Nov 24, 2011 - To The Dark Side

November 23, 2011 Today we head from Rotorua to Waitomo, before heading home on Friday. On the way out of Rotorua we made a quick stop along Lake Rotorua, something we hadn’t done yet. The lake is serene, with many vacation cabins around the shore. Mary was thrilled with the black swans that swam up to check us out. We let the GPS guide us to Waitomo from the lake. It took us on an interesting route, no doubt because, as I’ve discussed before, all the side roads in NZ have a 100kph limit, and therefore should be able to be completed quicker...

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Sep 25, 2011 - Waitomo Caves

Found our way down to the Waitomo Caves. Stayed in the YHA dorm rooms. I think the floor would have been more comfortable and a couple of noisey French guys kept me up all night. How Gemma slept I do not know. Went on a great little trip into the caves. Came across loads of glow worms, jumped off a waterfall backwards in the dark and then a gentle blackwater rafting experience through the caves before going down a water slide again. Again in the dark. It was a nice sunny day and we ended up going 300 metres underground!! Afterwards we got...

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Mar 29, 2011 - Sheep Shearing Capital of the World !

.. is a place called Te Kuiti just South of our next stop, Waitomo Caves. We had time to explore 2 different caves: one had fantastic limestone formations, some of which looked like drapes and are so delicate that they are translucent; the other offers a boat ride in the dark through caverns populated with thousands of glow worms (or larvae in reality) – the glow is their bioluminescent excretia, used to attract insects trapped underground and looking for a way out, only to be trapped in the glow worms’ ‘fishing lines’ hanging from the roof...

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Mar 15, 2011 - Day 4 Road to Rotoruau- Candy, Caves & Cows

No Vacancy turned into a problem for us. I had booked 2 rooms, they only reserved 1, but somehow they managed to magically pull one out of the hat… To make certain we don’t have the same problem tonight we have them call and check on our reservations in Rotorua and are told we have 2 rooms for the next 2 nights. Brekkie at Mackers we meet our first Americans, a couple from Cinncinati, he is a graduate of Michigan State…It’s a small world after all. They are headed in the same direction as we are. We made an unscheduled shop at the...

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Nov 7, 2010 - New Zealand - Wellington, Taranaki and Waitomo

Dear all, Hope you're well and getting into the Christmas spirit. Over this side of the world, there are a few token bits of scraggy tinsel here and there, but it doesn't really feel properly Christmassy down under! We're now in Australia and have been here just over a week. Sorry for the delay in writing but our last few weeks have been pretty hectic, what with trying to cram in as much into our final days in New Zealand and then buying a car the day after we arrived in Oz (named Ruby by the hippies we bought her from - as Roland says: 22...

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Rolene On Tour

May 22, 2009 - Caving

Because it had been a long time since we wrote our last blog there were a few things that we had left out. While driving back to Auckland we went to the Wiatomo caves. This tour was put on by a local guy that had lived in the area for several years. We met at his house at 8:30 am and he told us about the upcoming activities and that because it was just going to be Natasha and I going we could choose what we wanted to do and how long we wanted to do it. We decided to try and mix up the day as much as we could because we could choose to rock...

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