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Sep 6, 2010 - Back To Waitomo

On the Monday morning Lorraine very kindly took me back to the meeting hostel in Waitomo so I could get on the Kiwi bus to Taupo. When I arrived at Kiwi Paka, it was still pretty early so I had some breakfast and read my book while I waited for the rest of the bus to wake up. I soon met them! On my way to the bus, Bods my new driver also stopped me and told me I was the phantom passenger he'd been looking for, as no one under my name was checked into the hostel the previous night. Our first stop was to do a Waitomo caves walk, sort of the...

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Sep 1, 2010 - Waitomo Caves

After a lunch stop and a few naps later, and very much not feeling like jumping-into-freezing-cold-water-in-dark-caves, I didn't book to do Black Water Rafting - along with Becky and Calum so it was good. We arrived at the Kiwi Paka hostel, the only one in Waitomo, and were really pleased to find that they were over booked, so they upgraded us all to the chalets they had for no extra cost! The chalets were really nice, 2 twin beds and bathroom downstairs and 2 twin beds upstairs and all open plan. A lovely bit of luxury after 4 nights in...

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Jul 11, 2010 - Waitomo Caves

This morning we left Rotoura for a quick stop at Waitomo where we could go 'Blackwater Rafting' - basically tubing through some glow worm caves. Despite the cold water all of us that did it really enjoyed it! After getting wetsuited up we headed to the caves and did a bit of a walk through them before getting into the tubes. With the lights out you could see hundreds of glowworms on the roof of the cave. A couple of times we had to go down waterfalls - the first time by falling backwards into the tube and the second by slide.

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Apr 17, 2009 - Waitomo Caves

Aujourd'hui, on s'est rendus a Waitomo pour explorer les grottes. J'ai choisi l'activite la plus epeurante. J'ai descendu en rappel dans le vide sur une distance de 100 metres! Malade! Apres, on marche dans les grottes pour voir les glowworms. On ne les voit pas, mais quand on eteint nos lampes frontales, on voit un ciel illumine de millions d'etoiles. C'est drole, un glowworm, c'est comme un ver de terre qui ne peut pas aller aux toilettes parce qu'il n'a pas de trou pour evacuer ce qu'il mange, donc il l'elimine dans lui et ca devient...

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Apr 14, 2009 - Waitomo Caves

Drove to Tapau the Adventure capital of the North Island, not to do anything other than look at the view and get a charger for my mobile! After that it was off to Waitomo Caves. Waitomo means Water Holes. The drive there was spectacular driving through steam clouds and hobbit like valleys with green hillocks and cauldrons of bubbling sulphur billowing smoke randomly out of the landscape. Arrived at one of the centres (probably the centre!) and decided to do the Black Water Rafting and Ruakuri Caves. Kitted out like a smurf going pot holing...

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Feb 5, 2009 - summer fun, kiwi style

We drove up the coast from Wanganui to Waitomo yesterday. We stopped there for a few hours to explore the Waitomo Caves. The first cave was full of beautiful rock formations, stalactites and columns. It is a cave that the Maori (natives) found hundreds of years ago and worshiped. They are highly protected natural formations because of this. Upon entrance of this cave, we walked a large spiral staircase lit with tiny orange lights at our feet. It was a 20m walk down on the spiral walkway. With our tour guide we explored the caverns hearing...

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Jun 18, 2008 - Awakeri to Waitomo North Island 26 to 27 May 2008

Awakeri to Waitomo North Island 26 to 27 May 2008 Jeff Did you see that comment at the end of the last blog by Sylvia? At no time when mud baths were talked about did my name come into the equation. To my horror, when out side ‘Hell’s Gate’, I learned I was expected to get plastered with mud along with her; ‘because if she went on her own she would have no one to talk to’. I ask you. Needless to say my offer to apply the mud to Sylvia was refused. Our first visit today was at the Jayco Dealer, Coastal Caravans at Whakatane. Three days ago...

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May 19, 2008 - Day 6

Another adventurous day for the Dietrich's!! =) We spent 3 hours in the underground Waitomo Caves today and every second of it was awesome! To start off, they dressed us in wet suits that were even thicker than the ones we had for rafting. We had helmets with the lights on them, rubber boots and everything! As a kicker, everyone was younger than Brent and I...even the guides. =P The way the adventure began was interesting. We went down a latter that went into the caves through the smallest possible hole and when we got to the bottom we...

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Apr 11, 2008 - Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand Our last few days in New Zealand was spent in a small town where caving is the main attraction. The town is so small that there are only 41 full time residences that live there year round. There were various different kinds of trips that one could take because of the amount of caves in this particular area. With over a hundred of caves to explore our guide said that there are still caves yet to be discovered. The children and I chose one that was a little less adventurous trip and Robert went on one that included...

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Apr 10, 2008 - Waitomo

In the morning we left for Waitomo but we first stopped off at a thermal park. Trying to save some money I decided to pass, save money and take a small walk in a redwood forest instead. We arrived in Waitomo a few hours later, after lunch. This town is made famous for its caves with glow worms. Apart from that there is not much else in towns. We checked in the YHA , had a really nice room and most of us were going to do Black Water Rafing but the way it turned out I and a few others had to do it in the next morning, So instead, on this nice...

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Mar 16, 2008 - St Benedict's Cave

After picking up the rental car we left Auckland and headed to Waitomo caves. There are hundreds of caves in this small area, all created when New Zealand was covered by the ocean 25 million years ago. We decided to go into St. Benedicts cave which allowed us to rapel, hike and take a zip line through the cave. We went as deep as 250 feet underground. The zip line was in an area of the caved covered in stalagtites and stalagmites. It takes 100 years for them to grow 1 cubic centimeter so these are millions of years old. In the walls of the...

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Nov 16, 2007 - Day 41 Waitomo and THE CAVE

Day 41-Waitomo Pat and I really couldn't wait to leave our motel this morning. We slept awfully, because after midnight the people that had the room over us decided to move furniture around. Then they got up at 5am and rearranged the furniture again. We were not impressed! After filling up the trusty Corolla, we pointed it toward Waitomo. It was heavily overcast and raining off and on most of the morning, so the scenery was not at its best. We did travel through the real country of NZ-logging, pasture and dairy. We stopped for lunch at a...

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