24 hours - Why is a day just that short?
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Finally, I'd been looking forward to this trip for quite a few weeks and today some dear friends and I went to the popular and extremely spectacular Waitomo Caves. This trip is a highly recommended must for kiwi traveller!!! So I really couldn't miss it, could I? And our programme should become more packed than a nearly bursting suitcase ...
At first we just wanted to visit the legendary Glowworm Cave but after I had searched for more information my friends were convinced of the neat and really not too expensive 'Two Cave Combo' offer. So we decided to book our trip (a guided tour) to both the Aranui Cave and the Glowworm Cave online because this was easy, quicker and even cheaper than buying our tickets at the counter. Great!
The Waitomo Caves with their awesome underground limestone formations and mystic Maori legends belong to the most exciting (tourist) destinations in New Zealand.
We started in Hamilton so that we were at the Glowworm Cave at 11am.
Wow, just a few more minutes and we would be part of the great world more than 30m under sea level … exciting, exciting!
First our friendly and entertaining tour guide had told us about the cave's history and than we entered a new world. Some minutes after entering the cave we saw amazing limestone formations (stalactites and stalagmites) all around us. And some single blue little dots, the first glow-worms could be spotted above.
While walking through the cave our guide told us about wedding ceremonies that have already been held in the 14m high natural cathedral and she sang a nice Maori song to demonstrate the excellent acoustics - well done!
Then the absolute highlight followed: a boat trip through the actual Glowworm Cave.
After coming back from this dreamy place we went to the 4km distant Aranui Cave, which is famous for its limestone. A lovely guide was waiting for us and showed us a fantastic and millions of years old underground world.
How impressive! Every stalactite grows just a tiny bit in 10.000 years and we saw single formations that weight around one ton.
If you had had just a little bit more imagination than J.
We could have spent hours in these caves because this destination was a great experience (and the temperature was so much more pleasant than the summery 31 degrees outside).
Now we were walking along the Ruakuri Bushwalk that is located nearby the Aranui Cave. The natural tunnel, a waterfall and talkative cicadas made the jungle feeling perfect!
The final stop for today was the Kiwi House - Native Bird Park in Otorohanga.
A few kiwis live in the dark kiwi house so that they are always visible for visitors. Some more live outside but those ones were hiding today.
Lucky us, at least we saw the kiwis in the dark! If there hadn't been a window the holes digging kiwi would have picked our noses. Kiwis so close, absolutely awesome!
This Sunday was such a fantastic day with heaps of unforgettable impressions!! Just one single experience could have made me even happier but I guess for it the day must have had 36 hours. That means I have to come back for the unbelievable Black Water Rafting through the Waitomo Caves one day …