Caves and Glowworms

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Monday, October 8, 2012

The next day was grey and drizzly but that doesn't really matter when you're underground. The caves were genuinely amazing and when you turn your headlamps off it's like looking at the night sky. Pin pricks of light EVERYWHERE. No photo can really capture it, you have to see for yourself. I did feel a little dissapointed as my trip was more sedate as I couldn't afford the rafting and abseiling ones, but the caves were still beautiful to see so I was glad to have made my little detour to Waitomo, although the caves really are all there is there. There are only 45 residents (or 70 depending on who you ask) and the shuttle bus is really just a minibus taxi service. The driver, Bill, I think felt a little sorry for me so took lots of detours and filled me in on local history - once again I was struck by the kindness and generosity of people, but I think it's actually just people not necessarily just Kiwis. The girl in my dorm from Taiwan has been here for a year and so was full of advice on where to go, where to stay how to get around and even tried to give me all her guidebooks. Little acts like this make all the difference when you're travelling alone.

Funnily enough the bus driver on the way to Rotorua is the same one who drove me from Paihia, but this time there were two and the bus driver in charge really took a shine to me and started to pick on me getting me up to the front, trying to get me to sing everyone english songs with the result that when we made a toilet break I was something of a minor celebrity amongst the other travellers who were all very sympathetic to my bullying. To be honest though I find the joking teasing far better than the quiet sulkiness of English bus drivers! Certainly entertaining
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