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We had another leisurely get up this morning. We had to be down for our boat tour at half 10, so we went down to the jetty, had a coffee and chilled out. Definitely not as warm as yesterday which is a shame and it will have taken an age for the sun to burnt brought the cloud and haze. We went out on a boat called the Barbary which is beautiful yacht apparently formerly owned by Clark Gabel, where we ...
... was like nothing we have ever seen before. We walked past a number of craters, the best of which was red crater; from the summit you look over a sheer drop into the crater below, this was very impressive!
We also decided to do one of the side trips and climbed to the summit of Mount Tongariro. This was again described as easy however we found some of the steep parts to at least be moderate! From the top ...
... it was also on rubble, which would slide you back down the mountain. For every step up you would slide the same back down. Once we got to the top we walked around the entire massive crater, messed around in a snow patch we found and got some funny pictures in Christmas hats. Getting back down mt. Doom was also a tough task if you placed your step incorrectly you could tumble quite far, as Tom found out (luckily on a flat bit). Near the bottom of the Mountain the rubble ...
... go the more secluded, private and hotter the pools are. We tried one, John eventually made it in, but Rhianwyn couldn't stick it and so we moved to a more populated, but cooler pool. Caution has to be exercised as once out near the join with the main river it gets very cold and there are strong currents waiting to take you out towards the Huka falls! Refreshed and reinvigorated we parked up in the free camping spot by the side of the lake, on the menu tonight was Satay Chicken, ...
... and we then paddled our way deeper into the caverns. After a short stop to drink from 'the fountain of youth' we continued into the farthest part, making a big chain by holding each other feet while paddling on the tubes. Finally we got to the end and when we all turned off our headlights, we saw the one thing these caves are famous for: glow worms! It was as if the ceilings all had their own firmament, with thousands of small lights glowing ...
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