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Nov 2, 2007 - Waitomo, New Zealand

Drive to Waitomo...... A realatively easy drive today. We left after the morning briefing and skipped a hike to a big tree, as Susan didn't fell up to it and I have a problem with a little toe hurting when I walk. So the only stops we made were for fuel and goceries. After we got to the park, we walked down the street to a place called The Shearing Shed. They raise 350 Angora Rabbits for thier fur. They gave us a demonstration on shearing the rabbits. Then back to the park for an afternoon trip to Waitomo Glowworm Caves. This cave was...

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Apr 17, 2007 - Waitomo

Leaving Rotorua we headed to Te Puia, a geothermal area where we got to see lots of geysers, boiling mud pools and also Kiwi birds! Apparently a Kiwi egg is the same size as an ostrich egg! There was another Maori recreation village to have a wonder around and we got told some Maori legends, which were interesting. Such as how New Zealand was formed - a man was in his canoe and was fishing, and he caught a big fish from the deep, this turned out to be a stingray, and if you look at the North island, it looks like an upside down stingray,...

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Apr 11, 2007 - Waitomo

On our way to Waitomo, famous for it's lime stone caves and more importantly your ability to cave/tube them, we stopped off at a suspension bridge spanning a churning river used to power one of New Zealands many hydroelectric power plants. The bridge towered above the river and seemed somewhat flimsy, I had visions of it collapsing at any second, made more likely when everyone on the bus decided to ignore the safety warnings about capacity and spacing each person 1 metre apart; what can you say? The hostel we were staying at for Waitomo was...

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Rich Goes Travelling

Mar 1, 2007 - WAITOMO - New Zealand

Keine fotos hier, sorry. Jetzt kann ich mich gar nicht mehr erinnern weshalb der Kiwi Bus den Umweg ueber Waitomo macht. Muss zwar zugeben die Lodge welche fuer Kiwi da zur Verfuegung stand, war einzigartig friedlich. Hab mich wie in einer Alphuette in den Schweizer Bergen gefuehlt. Am Abend einen deftigen Grillabend, hat alle gluecklich und mich nach der letzten Nacht in der Lava Hostelbar in Rotorua muede gemacht. Ach ja, die meisten haben in Waitomo Hoehlen Canyoning gemacht. Da ich aber kein grosser Wasser- und schon gar nicht...

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KARIN GOES FAR

Dec 28, 2006 - Otorahanga and Blackwater Rafting

We got to Otorahanga which has a Kiwi House and not much else, but they wanted too much $ to get in so we decided against it. The campsite is probably the best we've stayed on, they even had a sauna. We went Blackwater Rafting at the crack of Dawn the next day. Scary, scary day but a lot of fun. Started off practising for the 35ft mineshaft abseil, no problems there. Keith being Mr Action Man of course wanted to go first which meant Claire had to go second. Keith got down safe and sound. Claire was fine for the first 10ft and then...

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Dec 12, 2006 - Kenzy's Trip and All About It

Hi! Sorry you haven't heard from me in a while, we've been doing so much stuff I haven't had time to write an entry! Because it's been so long I'll start from the beginning, it will be easier for me. Way back on Thursday, mom finally found a way to get to the zoo without paying too much. So we hopped on the city bus that goes to the zoo. We walked to the entrance and paid admission. After looking at the map, we set off. The first part was African animals. There were giraffes, ostriches, rhinos, and a bunch of lions lying around on their...

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Nov 15, 2006 - Waitomo caves

This was an awesome time, unfortunately Mark opted out. We did some abseiling, rafting, rock climbing, caving, and saw an amazing view of glow worms. I don't have the pics of inside the cave, but enjoy the beginning parts. Will update with more when I get the other pics.

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Jun 28, 2006 - Rotorua to Waitomo

I left Rotorua for Waitomo and I was ready to get out. Rotorua is an awesome place but the Kiwi experience buses don't run frequently and I didn't want to get stranded anywhere. Waitomo is a village that has one major attraction - caves. These caves are a major draw card for the North island. Many people come here to experience the caves and see a little bit of magic that is the New Zealand Glow worm. As I mentioned before, these little fly maggots (Arachnocampa luminosa) can be found in a ton of places and use their lights to attract food....

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Apr 10, 2006 - Rotorua - Waitomo

Got on a bus with a new driver, Hokie, and a new group of people (who weren't very welcoming!). There were 6 of us from our original bus so that was cool. Before leaving Rotorua we stopped at the Te Puia Geothermal Reserve (a very smelly place ...even more than Rotorua town!). The reserve had many geysers and bubbling mud pools. After an hour and a half at the Geothermic Reserve we left Rotorua and drove to Waitomo. On arrival we checked into our accommodation, which was a 5 star hostel (and said to be the best in NZ). After checking in we...

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Apr 7, 2006 - Good as Gold

Today was spent in Waitomo. This is the Maori word for water hole. This is an appropriate name as the area is flush with underground cave systems and streams and there are numerous shafts that drop down into them. There are more than 300 mapped caves in the area and undoubtedly many more remain unmapped. Waitomo is located in The King Country, so named after a Maori king who moved into the area in retreat from the British. The King Country continues to have a heavy Maori influence and while still a minority, it is home to the greatest...

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Mar 6, 2006 - Waitomo and the Glow Worm Caves

We arrived in Waitomo which is a small town a few hours south of Auckland. The countryside was beautiful, but the caves were amazing! We decided to do the Black Abyss adventure through the caves. First we abseiled down about 30 meters (sorry about the SI units...its in the brochure), then did some zip lining to our jump off point into the black waters that run through the caves. Tubes were our transportation. The caves were amazing, but the most unique part about them is that they're home to glow worms. These things go number 2, then...

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Jan 12, 2006 - Waitomo - NZ

Dom: ...it's actually hard for me to remember what we've done sometimes. This is not because it's all becoming so mundane that it doesn't stand out anymore but more likely, because we move around a lot and things happen quickly. Waitomo is famous for the abundance of 'glow worm' caves in the area. Glow-worm is actually a tourist-friendly word for maggot. That's what this little guys are. Our guide dropped this bombshell on us as we all lay back in the dark admiring the star-like constellations above us. My immediate reaction was to close my...

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