15 February 2012

Rotorua to Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Sadly, Christy and I had to eventually leave Rotorua and make our way towards Auckland in preparation for flying back to California. But we still had a day of adventur-ing left. On our last day in New Zealand, we took a beautiful (albeit rainy) drive through New Zealand's North Island - full of rolling, bright green hills. Once again, I felt like I was in Ireland (always a nice mindset to be in...). On our way to Auckland, we got to stop by the Waitomo Glow Worm caves, something I had been very much looking forward to! We took a tour down into the depths of these caves full of stalagmites and stalactites (yes, I do know the difference!), often in complete darkness. It almost feels claustrophobic to be underground like that, but peaceful at the same time. Towards the end of our tour, we got in a boat that the guide steered by pulling on a rope - leading us, gradually, out of the cave. As we were instructed to keep quiet, this was an awesome experience, dripping of water the only sound we could hear. We saw many glow worms scattered along the ceiling of the cave, like blue, starry night sky. It was quite breath-taking and an excursion I'm glad we took part in!

Leaving Rotorua

Kiwi fruit trees

Me and Christy

As no photos were allowed inside the Waitomo caves, this is the site upon exiting the cave

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