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New Zealand 2016
10/30   Right is Left
10/31   Omeru Scenic Reserve
11/01   Omamari Beach
11/02   Waipoua Forest
11/03   Mail Boxes and a Magic Orange
11/04   Cape Reinga
11/05   Ninety Mile Beach
11/06   Haruru Falls
11/07   Russell Forest
11/08   Bus and Ferry
11/09   Thames
11/11   Castle Rock
11/12   Hot Water Beach
11/13   Owharoa Falls
11/14   Thompson's Track
11/15   Rotorua
11/17   Rotorua Rain
11/18   Haku Falls
11/19   Pureora Forest Park
11/20   Waitomo Glowworm Caves
11/21   Marokopa
11/22   New Plymouth
11/25   Pukeiti Rain Forest
11/26   Boring Highway 3
11/27   Boring Highway 1
11/29   Switching Gears
11/30   Hitchhikie
12/01   Abel Tasman National Park
12/02   Rawhiti Cave
12/03   Mount Robert
12/04   Glaciers
12/05   Mount Aspiring
12/06   Milford Sound
12/07   Stirling Point
12/08   The Catlins
12/09   Tunnel Beach
12/10   Sandfly Beach
12/11   Mount Cook
12/12   Cave Stream
12/14   Long Day Home
Kayak Trip 2017

Waitomo Glowworm Caves


tl;dr: I visited Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Look, no photos.

I dug out my gloves this morning. I had hoped I wouldn't need them again on this trip.

Most of the day was spent going down hill. And the sun actually came out again. It was great.

I visited Waitomo Glowworm Caves. I know it is very possible to find glowworms in New Zealand on your own, but I wanted to ensure that I didn't miss out.

At first I thought I wasn't going to get in, because they close the caves if carbon dioxide levels get too high. But eventually they opened it up again. Photography isn't allowed in the cave, so I don't have many pictures, but it is a very interesting tour. The tour starts in an almost Hollywood-looking cave and slowly moves downward. You see a few glowworms at first, and it's pretty cool. But every step along the tour reveals more and more glowworms. The final stage is a boat ride out of the cave in complete darkness except for a ceiling completely covered in spots of light.

The poor tour guide tried to make jokes, but he was very dry. Eventually all of the Chinese tourists picked up on this and laughed dutifully. I wonder if they even knew what he was saying? The boat ride through the cave is directed by the guide grabbing cables in the dark. I asked how many guides had missed a cable and ended up in the water. Apparently, just about every single one had. And each time it happens the soaked guide must then buy a case of beer.

I headed west from the caves. Not too many people come this way, so the road was quiet.

good morning cold New Zealand

historic Caterpillar 2 ton crawler tractor

These signs are all over.

a line of sheep

my expensive breakfast

I spent the day on roads like this.

New Zealand loves warning you about stuff.

Glowworms are hard to photograph; especially covertly.

looking out of the cave from the boat

looking back into the cave

Waitomo Glowworm Caves tickets

getting off the beaten path

a good view

This entire fence line is covered in boots.

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