Glow worms and Hobbit Holes
Trip Start Mar 29, 2006
61Trip End Sep 07, 2006
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Had a lovely drive over rolling hills up to Waitomo Caves and the weather was really nice which was a change from Wellington. We had decided to book into a hotel we had read about that consisted of a train carriage and a plane that had been refurbished into rooms and also their newest edition a hobbit hotel from Lord of the Rings.
Arrived in pitch darkness to check into our room for 2 nights. It was incredible, the attention to detail was brilliant for anyone that has seen the LOTR films. There was even grass on our room with sheep and pigs grazing on it!
The following morning we went to the Waitomo cave which is famous for it's glow-worms
After this we went to another cave called Aranui, which was discovered about a hundred years by a man chasing a pig, it is known for it's stunning rock formations and the myriad of rooms you climb through as you walk deep into the mountainside.
We then took a drive up a country road to see a natural limestone bridge, a waterfall and another very deep cave. There was so much to so, signposts off the road direct you to loads of natural attractions.
That evening we took a walk through the scenic reserve in darkness, thank goodness for the headlamps we bought for Malaysia. As you walk through the reserve which has tunnels, bridges, caves etc you can see glow worms hanging down from the trees and from underneath the bridges. Unbelievable sight especially in the dark forest at night.
Returned to our Hobbit Hole late in the evening.
Had a great stay in Waitomo,
Off to Auckland next...
Love Lisa and Paul x