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Published: August 7th 2007
Wow, we have really packed in a lot! It's been non-stop! We've been weaving down the North Island and a few days ago took a ferry to the South Island where the scenery just gets more and more stunning.
In Waitomo, we suited up for some serious spelunking in the Waitomo Caves, we repelled down a narrow opening in the earth and wound up 50 meters underground. Above our heads were glowing worms on the ceiling of the caves - they looked like stars in the sky! After a zip line, a leap off a ledge on our inner tubes into the river system below, we began our float through the caves. We carried on exploring the caves stopping for lunch in the pitch black (only our head lamps leading the way). It was quite an adventure! and the only way out was CLIMBING UP 3 waterfalls! Quite a challenge! As we emerged, from the cave expecting to see daylight it was already nighttime.
Beginning to feel pretty invincible, we next decided to conquer the infamous Tongariro Crossing - a very challenging 11 mile hike across volcanoes (one being Mt. Doom from Lord of the Rings), crater lakes, steaming
earth, grassy hills, rainforest, and stunning views. One stretch of the hike was called Devil's staircase, a 45 minute incline! Grueling - definitely the most challenging hike of our lives - and well worth the rewards!!
On to the next adventure!
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