Arriving in New Zealand and the Waitomo Caves

The trip from Hobart to Auckland took a full day from 5 am to 10pm at night. Safe to say, I went to bed quickly once I arrived! I stopped over in Sydney and had this amazing view as we flew into the airport.

The next day I met a friend from home who will be my travel buddy for the next month! We traveled down to Waitomo where a long rain shower awaited us. We set up our tent and found somewhere warm for a drink and food. The next morning, we found that our following accommodation and tours for the next 2 days had been cancelled due to the bad weather, however we were put on 2 other tours (with Waitomo Adventures) which made an exciting day!

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Our first item on the itinerary was a 4 hour “Lost World” tour, which started off with a short walk and 100 metre abseil. It seemed super safe with 4 people per instructor, where we were attached to them as we abseiled down. We arrived into a large gorge covered in pretty mosses replicating a faerie kingdom. After this we wandered through a large cave and sat under some glow worms which looked liked LED lights.

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The lost world

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Just chilling 100 metres above the floor below

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Slowly making our way down

In the afternoon, we did another tour which was a lot more scary. It consisted of abseiling down and in waterfalls in a cave, squeezing through tight spaces and crawling through streams. It definitely pushed us both more than the first tour did that morning.

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Thrown down a waterfall

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Free cold bath

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