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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

Rawhiti Cave


tl;dr: I visited Rawhiti Cave and little else.

I again left the campground long before sunrise. Because.

The hike up to Rawhiti Cave is strenuous, but it didn't take the hour that the signpost claimed it would. However, it seems that I may have pushed myself a little too hard yesterday. My muscles all feel fine, but my poor ankles! I guess months of bicycling doesn't prepare your ankles and feet for hiking. Ouch.

I drove back to Richmond and managed to purchase a replacement battery charger for my camera. I also visited some thrift shops because I wanted a travel mug and a thick blanket. Both were hard to find. In America, thrift shops always have an abundance of travel mugs. Here, between two stores, I managed to find one. I think that's a fitting commentary on the difference between our cultures.

I drove to Mount Rogers where I had planned a loop hike, but I just couldn't muster up the energy required. And then it started raining. So I found a hostel in St Armaud. I had considered camping, but was too lazy. I'm glad I didn't camp, because in the afternoon it got COLD, and I still haven't found that thick blanket I need.

good morning New Zealand

Dry Creek

inside Rawhiti Cave

Rawhiti Cave

bad panorama of Rawhiti Cave

outside Rawhiti Cave

Only tourists would ever find this fruit stand.

not a travel mug in sight

driving in the rain



Lake Rotoiti

This german kid is trying to catch an eel.

And he did.

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