Waitomo ...... it's light,dark cold and cool!
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Rotorua is a nice place to stay for 2-3 days but I only stayed there for one night. The morning we left Rotorua, we went to the Te Puia site. This is a place where you can get to know more about Maori culture and watch the geysers. It's also the place where I've seen the Kiwi bird for the first time. The Kiwi is a nocturnal bird which is seen rarely. It looks like a big dark brown chicken. I'm quite excited to have seen a Kiwi bird. Too bad we aren't allowed to take pictures of it.
Just before we arrived in Waitomo, we visited a farm where they sheared Angora rabbits. I had no idea that rabbits can be sheared. These rabbits look so cute and they're huge. It almost looks like a dog.
Waitomo is a very small village. Despite the population of 80 people, this village has more than 20 hostels/hotels. We stayed in a very nice hostel where I got a room on my own (and no bunk beds!). Very nice. The reason for the many accomodations is that Waitomo has one major attraction, the glow worm caves. There are many tours from Waitomo to these glow worm caves. The one I've done is called "The Black Abyss" provided by The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.
The Black Abyss is an adventurous caving experience. You'll need to be flexible and (a bit) in shape to do this tour. Also, if you're claustrofobic, don't do this tour.
Some activities during this tour: walking, crawling, jumping, sliding. gliding, "flying", swimming, abseiling (40 metres down through a limestone hole), tubing, climbing (up on a waterfall!). You will also get to see stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, cave coral and of course glow wormes. It sounds adventurous and dangerous and I'll admit, it is. One of our group member bruised her ribs during this tour. Though the guides are truly professionals, there's always a chance of accidents which makes this tour even more appealing for the adventurists. Seriously, this cave experience is one of the coolist thing I've done in my life. A must-do when you're in New Zealand.
Next destination: Raglan.