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Day 4: Waitomo

August 26, 2008

Today we ventured out into The King Country to the town of Waitomo.  We left Auckland about 10am where we picked up our little Colt.  I love those cars, I kind of want one myself!  The roads here are amazingly well paved and well marked.  A nice change from other places we have been.  The drive to Waitomo was so scenic and relaxing.  It is truly beautiful in this part of New Zealand.  We arrived in Waitomo about 12:30 and checked into our B & B.  It is at the top of a very steep hill.  And I am not exaggerating when I say it is literally about a 75 degree angle.  Luckily it does not snow around here!  We went and booked two adventures–one abseiling or rappelling into a cave and the other a tubing adventure through a cave.  We had lunch at the Morepork cafe, they have wonderful pizza.  If you are wondering what the locals eat here–it is the same as in the US and the food is pretty good also.  We then waited because we selected the night abseiling as to see the glowworms better.  We started off to meet our guide at 5:30, then we actually abseiled at about 6:30.  He forgot some of our gear in town, so it gave Jeremiah and I time to watch a beautiful sunset up in the mountains.  I really have not seen a prettier place.  Everything here is so green and pure.  We started descending into the cave, our lives in the balance with one little clip and buckle.  And my foot wrapped around the rope.  It was nerve wracking at first when he tells you to hop into the black hole and your foot that is wrapped around the cord is what is going to save your sorry butt from dropping down 100 meters to your death.  Did I mention that we were in total darkness?  It actually worked!  When we descended into the darkness, we were surrounded by thousands of glowworms that gave you the illusion of being suspended in space, they looked like tiny stars and it was amazing.  I would book that trip all over again.  Of course, since we had to use both hands in order to not free fall, I did not get any picutures of the glowworms, but have posted another pic I found.  We then had to climb the 100 meters back up out of the cave.  I was in a sore situation after that.  Time to crank up the heated bed……

New Zealand Glowworms

Gwen Abseil

Sunset over King Country

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2008 10:40 am

    Gwen – So is it as wonderful as it looks. I can’t wait until Jan – totally itching to go NOW!!! Can’t wait to hear all the stories and places we have to visit.

    Stace

  2. August 27, 2008 4:18 pm

    Love the hard hat 😉 Looks totally cool…makes the glowworm Mason got as a present look pathetic..tee hee! Have fun and keep the pics coming. I am living vicariously thru you two…

  3. RTS Extraordinaire...AKA Kim permalink
    August 28, 2008 12:27 am

    Oh My! It’s 12:30 & I am here in IN and I should be sleeping but I thought I would check out your blog and vacation. I’m so jealous! I will just have to live vicariously through you. You look so relaxed as you should be…keep up the good work! Definitely not missing anything here! Wish I could have seen the glow worms. Have a great time you deserve it!

  4. Princess Consuela B.H. permalink
    August 28, 2008 9:53 pm

    Oh I can’t imagine what all those glowworms look like! How amazing! I’ve always heard that NZ is very pure and beautiful.

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