After Hot Water Beach, we drove to Waitomo which is a tiny place but a must-see as this is where the world famous Waitomo glowworm caves are.
On our way to Waitomo, we stopped at Karangahake Gorge which was an old goldmine but now a forest with quite a few different trails. It was very interesting as there were still a lot of things left behind reminding you of what it once was.
Once we arrived in Waitomo, we got allocated to our rooms and would go on our Black water rafting trips a few hours later in the Glowworm cave.
It was first of all very wet and for some people very cold. It was a very cool experience. We were on the black water rafting Labyrinth where we had these plastic tube rings to sit in in the water. Sometimes we would walk in the water carrying the tube ring over one of our shoulders, other times we would be in the ring. Twice we had to jump backwards down a waterfall with the tube ring, ending up sitting in it! It was a bit scary but great fun at the same time.
Around halfway through the tour and when we first got into the water inside the cave, we would all be holding on to each other and create one long chain while one of the guides would gently lead the first person forward and further into the cave. Once in a while we would all turn off our headlamps and the glowworms would begin to illuminate the ceiling of the cave. I especially liked the end bit because we all had to let go of each other and turn off all our headlamps and then just let the glowworms show the way out. It was an amazing and very different experience from anything else – even from the glowworms at Hot Water Beach. It almost looked like the night sky.
Kiwi Experience bus driver list:
Auckland – Bay of Islands: Richie
Bay of Islands – Rotorua: Dave aka “Cuddles”