"Mom?! Dad?!... I love you... " I pretended to call home before checking in for a spectacular underground adventure. My new friend Catherine and I drove to Waitomo on Saturday morning to go caving in a way I've never caved before.Black Labyrinth tour with the Black Water Rafting Co, we made our way to the outfitting area where we were eyed for size and given wet suit socks, overalls, jackets, rubber boots and a helmet. All of the equipment was wet and cold and chore to put on.
11 of us were heading out for a SWEET tour... with outfits that were extremely tight. I felt like a moon walker as I hopped on to the tour bus to ride 10 minutes over to Ruakuri cave. Finding a rubber tube that fit each of our bodies, we took them to the rivers edge for a little education on backward jumping over waterfalls and collecting as a group.
Glowworms are Arachnocampa Luminosa. In other words: (the words of our tour guide)... they are cannibalistic shagging mucous maggots that glow in the dark by their own will. :)
This adventure caving was superbly phenomenal in my opinion!! Arriving back at the outfitters lodge, we unstripped ourselves of our caving gear, showered in our bathing togs, dried off, redressed, and headed inside for a warm cup of soup and toasted bagel.
This is my new pal Catherine!
The mossy look makes me smile with delight every time.
Since I was a small girl... going on family vacations, I have loved spelunking!
The famous New Zealand Koru
Don't worry Dad, I'm only having 5 minutes of fun.
Catherine and I spent the night at the Waitomo Caves Hotel.
I felt like a hobbit when I found the doorknob to our room to be at eye level.Waitomo Caves for a completely different experience. Huge caverns to walk through, with a different and more descript picture of the famous glowworms. This cave tour was completely with a ten minute boat ride done in complete darkness and silence. Our boat guide pulled on ropes to lead us through massive caverns of glowing maggots.
Aranui Caves was also on our list of to do's. I don't normally skip church on Sunday mornings, but spending time with God in His Creation was fulfilling for me. His glory was proclaimed in every corner.
Stalactites and Stalagmites are a very patient form of growth. The last cave that we went through was awesome for a completely different reason. The patterns and stories in the stones were a lot more intricate than the massive caverns that held the glowworms.
We left Waitomo around noon... made a quick rest stop by the famous Kiwi House and headed back to Auckland for a 2 pm rest.