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1714 Oparure Rd, North Island, New Zealand | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from North Island

Waitomo to the Northlands

A travel blog entry by edandkate


... good company over came us in the end! Added to this Peter picked up some bubbles to celebrate our engagement and we even took a dip in the hot tub. Diane and Peter... If you were on trip advisor we'd be scoring you a full 10! Thanks for your hospitality! After a couple of bottles of wine we finally decided it would be sensible to head to bed ahead of an early morning get up which was needed to get us to the airport on time for our flight to the South Island. New Zealand North Island..... ...

Waitomo - Black Water Rafting Caving Experience

A travel blog entry by lpringle


This morning we tackled our first kiwi experience early start to head to Karangahake gold mine to do a walk round the old railway tracks. There was an amazing view over the valley and river below and half the walk was through pitch black caves where we had to follow the tracks on the floor. Then we headed to the Waitomo Black Water Rafting centre to do our first adrenaline activity of the trip - high wire caving! We had to pass a fit test by crawling through a ...

Blackwater cave tubing

A travel blog entry by judith_michi


... jumped down little waterfalls backwards, floated in our tubes and watched the glowworms. Those glowworms are one of the main reasons for people to visit the Waitomo caves. Of course there would be the grandma version of walking into a larger cave, watching the glowworms in there and staying dry. But not us, we "wanted" to get into the cold water. (Thanks, Michael!)

Imagine complete darkness and once you look up lots of little lights appear, like many many ...

Knackered Minty

A travel blog entry by jodialison

... great fun, especially as we had experienced our rock and ropes adventure recently! Then we started walking up through the cave in water varying from ankle deep to mid-chest which was full of eels in the black water. We had torches on our head, and when we were deep in the cave with no natural light we put the lights out and saw the glowworms. It was amazing, like a crazy starry night. Then we saw them up close and understood ...

Glow Worms

A travel blog entry by jasonandgaryn


... This bird is now extinct but was similar to an ostrich or an emu, so obviously it was a large skeleton we saw. Archeologists believe that this particular Moa has been there for 20 000 years as a result of the sedimentary rock they discovered there and knowing about a volcano around that time. This cave only had a few glow worms, as it doesn't have the water the first cave does to bring in food for them.

While both caves were different from one another, ...


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