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... the caves. I highly recommend that you bring a torch, or probably even better, a headlamp. I also recommend waterproof hiking boots. I wore walking shoes, which weren't so great. It's also quite muddy.
Inside the tunnels, you can already see the salt and limestone deposits glittering above your head! If you turn off your lights, you'll also notice the glow worms! They aren't as big as ...
... br> Bivi to track 3 hours (that’s 250m per hour)
Track to road 2 hours
Total time on
the go 15 hours, a faster party and alternative route should be able to do this
Note the bolts are old and small , 5 or 6mm and accept only 5mm or 6mm cord
The age of the cord at the bolts suggests that they have been there for 20 or more years
I have ...
... was a lot lower and we felt where really boiling hot water wells up. The first 10 seconds it is fine, but then one has to move one’s feet or get blisters. This place is called Hot Water Beach, not Lukewarm! The Maoris used to cook their food here!
Gradually more and more people gathered at this spot, all trying hard to dig a hole to lie in, only to get Ocean’s cool surprises washing away their efforts in ...
Got up early and walked along the cliff trail along to cathedral cove . The area is a nature and marine reserve. On the way I dropped down to Gemstone bay which has a snorkel trail. The idea is to follow the marker buoys that are just off the shore. I had planed to do the trail ,unfortunately I arrived here whilst there was an outgoing " king tide" and it was starting to get windy. So abandoned the idea and plodded back up the cliff ...