Waitomo Caves

Trip Start Oct 02, 2005
Trip End Sep 28, 2006

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Friday, July 7, 2006


Thinking back to this, I can only really remember one thing; it was fuggin freezing.

We got suited up and walked down into these underground caves.  The area around Waitomo has a vast network of caves displaying stalactites, stalagmites and glow-worms, as well as the occasional cave weta, one of the largest insects in the world.  Fortunately I didn't see a cave weta, as I would have almost certainly shit myself.  Here's a photo of one: http://weta.boarsnest.net/gallery.htm

So we're half a kilometre underground, in the pitch black, in FREEZING cold water floating along and watching the cave roof alight with glow worms.  It was like looking up at the stars on a perfectly clear night.  Quite amazing.  Just a shame I couldn't feel my hands after the first 2 minutes.  These caves are actually quite scary, very cramped, rough walls scraping you as you float past on your rubber ring, hearing a waterfall appraoching but having no idea where or when you're suddenly going to fall off the edge...

Unfortunately I've no photos of this remarkable experience as Sarah has the DVD I bought.  :-(
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