Rotorua Hideaway Lodge
- Room service
- Kids activities or Babysitting
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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Packed in a full day of activities today. On the road by 7.30 to get to the Waitomo caves to spend a morning exploring there.
Got there in time to join the 9 o'clock tour of the Glowworm Caves, which was just beautiful. We walked in a little bit and got a brief history of the cave and looked at some limestone formations. As we went further in, we got more and more glimpses of glow worms. At one point we could look underneath ...
... as well as driving in a unfamiliar city, which was also quite busy at the time. The roads are generally great, obviously a lot of traffic in the city, but outside very little traffic. The speed limit here is only 100 kmh (60 mph), which does feel a little slow considering the lack of traffic. Most of the lorries and tractors you pull up behind pull over to let you past. The main highway, SH1, not sure if it's a motor way at best you would describe it as a dual carriage way although ...
Finally the day had come - GLOW WORM DAY! After a breakfast box breakfast that had been invaded by ants, we packed up the lodge and headed to the Waitomo caves. We got a bus up a mountain then got off and had to follow a small path down until we got to the opening of the cave. We were all given a hard hat with a light on it then followed Hop (I couldn't pronounce his full name so he told me to just call him Hop) inside the glow worm cave. We walked a little while then Hop told us to ...
... lady whose family grew up in Whaka and was a real character. The tour lasted a good hour, even though the village wasn’t that big. She showed us the hot silica pools, where they still cook and bathe, even today. Really enjoyable.
After that we drove a little bit south ...
... was carried out until 1933. After this they abandoned the operation leaving the factory and machinery. The acidic atmosphere has had a good go at this and has left little evidence of all the mining operations. In 1936 the Buttle family purchased the island; it must have sounded quite cool to say you own a volcano as in 1952 when the NZ government wanted to buy the island the family refused. They did however agree to the Island ...