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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo March 17th 2008

We left Raglan on Monday morning, and before heading to the Bay of Islands North of Auckland, we took a side trip to Waitomo. This area is renowned for its limestone caves and glow worms. Having seen plenty of glow worms and caves on the South Island, I can’t say that we were all that psyched to see more, but it was more or less on the way. On the way into town, we happened upon the “Shearing House” where they shear rabbits rather than sheep. How could we resist? The bunnies are angora (long silky hair) rabbits from Rottweiler German. Unlike the dogs, these fuzzy little creatures would make pretty poor guards. The shearing process was for the most part simply amusing. They tie the bunny to a device that resembles a medieval stretching rack ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo March 6th 2008

It's been a while since my last entry. The Kiwi Experience bus keeps me busy with activities every night; it also keeps my credit cards busy! My last entry I stated I was heading into Taupo. Well, I didn't do too much in Taupo-just sky-dived 12,000 feet out of an airplane over the largest lake in New Zealand! Yeah, I can't believe I did it either. It's just basically something you have to do when you come over here. It was definately the scariest, but most rewarding thing I have ever done. And the view was indescribable!( I'm not sure if that's a word, but you get the point.) I got a DVD and picture CD in the package, so I'll post some pictures. I'm still on a bit of a high from it. Also in ... read more
2. Sky diving
3. Sky diving
4. Sky diving

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo February 1st 2008

Waitomo and the Caves Today we are travelling to Rotorua, but first we have a stop of at Waitomo and the caves there famous for the glow worms. Before i get into that, once again I was feeling like CRAP! Definetly gone down a few notches since the previous day. I think it was here that i really started feeling really ill and had lots of discomfort under my arm. However, like a brave soldier I found that inner stength and courage i battled on. Well Hard! As i'd been doing for the previous few days now, i popped a few regular pain killers / paracetamol and they helped me get through the day. At Waitomo caves there are several ways ou can experience the caves. For the old, sad and boring you can simply walk ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo January 18th 2008

On Tuesday we headed to Waitomo from Roturua after an awesome couple of days! Waitomo is a town of 30 people (according to our driver guide!)... it basically has a hostel and a bar. It is also the home of the Waitomo Caves where you can go see glow worms and go blackwater rafting. I felt that I had spent my adventure budget for a couple days, so I decided to just hang out at the hostel for the evening and early morning before we left. It was only an overnight stop, so I didn't feel like I missed too much. It was a great day on the road though... We started with a short trip to Te Puia where some people got off and learned more about the Maori people, while the rest of us ... read more
Wooden statues
Giant tree

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo December 23rd 2007

Day 55: Slices of toast: 14, Lumps of prime beef: 10, Trimmed Angoran rabbits: 2, Electric shocks: 1 It wasn't a great start to the day when I was woken up at six this morning as the two women I was sharing a dorm with got up to start to start their packing (everyone knows that if you're leaving early, you pack up all your stuff the night before, especially if it's in plastic bags. Right?). Having to wake up at seven anyway, I didn't have enough time to get back to sleep, and so got up and head into town for breakfast, before catching the bus to Waitomo. Even with stops, it was only a three hour drive, and with a partially full coach and no children on board, I slept for most of the ... read more
Me and Gareth
Gareth! What are they doing to you!?
The Waitomo Walkway

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo November 29th 2007

So I was finally able to take me and my diseased leg out of Auckland and I couldn’t wait. Auckland wasn’t my kind of place, I don't if this was due to having to stay there against my will due to the doctors in Auckland saying so (they have too much power) but it was all in all just a city with nothing major happening to make it a good city. So it was Monday, start of a new week and I'm off to see New Zealand. Today was my first early start in a long time, 7am - for a while there, that was the time I was getting home so this morning was a challenge. When traveling solo and leaving people you have met for new adventures, when going on a bus or even ... read more
Hot Water Beach
Catherdral Cove
Gold Mine

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo November 14th 2007

The day began on a bus. We stopped the bus about 2 hours into the ride to see the location where lord of the rings was filmed. There we got a guided tour of the farm and the events that took place during the filming. Though I haven’t seen the movies it was still interesting to know that I was there….maybe perhaps I’ll watch them now. After the movie set we ate lunch, and quickly had to leave. Our black water rafting adventure began with putting on a freezing wet suit, and very fun boots. Once we were all geared up we jumped onto a van. We made a quick stop at to get everyone a floaty. Once we were geared up and had our floaty we practiced jumping off the wooden ledge, because in the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo August 5th 2007

If you are wondering about pictures. The site is finally back up and I will add pictures for these blogs in a couple days, when we have more time. Sorry, check back they are worth it. August 5, 2007 Last night as I was going through the books in the Hobbit hotel, I read the guest book. Apparently there is a donkey and a pig that sleeps above the hobbit holes. Some people were also graced with the pig standing guard outside their unit. Every couple hours I woke up and took a look, but no pig. I think it was too cold and rainy for him to come out of his nice warm home. Mark and I woke up nice and early to birds chirping and the sounds of spring. The rain had stopped and ... read more
Cutting down trees
The possum

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo April 19th 2007

A split day. I went off caving doing two different activities in the morning and afternoon with a company called Waitomo Adventures. With 5 others we were minibused to TumuTumu cave. We donned our wetsuits and stylish white wellies and then after a short walk descended through a small entrance into the caves. The cave follows the course of a stream. At first it felt very claustrophobic. The cave varies from large tunnel to fairly tight squeezes. The water varies from ankle deep to so deep that it is necessary to swim. The wellies of course kept filling up. At one pool our leader showed us a large eel in the clear water. There were very beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and curtains. I’d been a bit worried about the squeezes, but none were too alarming. At ... read more
Tumotumo cave - blackwater rafting
Me and my fellow cavers at Lost World
The chasm into which we had descended -  Lost World

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo April 18th 2007

Taupo to Waitomo Australasia » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo By jenronApril 18th 2007 Left Taupo and decided on a scenic route to Raglan via the Tongariro National Park. We headed down the desert road. The sky was lovely and clear with the snow capped volcanoes. We visited the site of the Tangiwai rail disaster where a lehar (volcanic mud slide) destroyed a rail bridge over a river into which, on Chrismas Eve 1953, an express plunged, killing 151 people. After coffees in Ohakune we took the mountain road for spectacular mountain views. Then onto the Waitomo area. The YHA in Waitomo Cave... read more
Windswept model in fromt of volcano
A tempting walk - but not enough time
Snow capped peaks

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