David Johnson's Travel Blog
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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

Cave Stream


tl;dr: I climbed through Cave Stream and finally saw a kiwi.

I forgot to fill up my car with petrol when leaving Geraldine this morning. Eventually the fuel gauge started blinking at me. I checked with Google Maps and found a gas station coming up. Nope. Lied to. There was another gas station 20 kilometers on. I now have a better idea how empty I can get the gas tank in this car.

I visited Cave Stream. This is a cave nearly 600 meters long where a stream enters one end and exits the other. You can climb through it. I may have been too chicken to go through it alone, but Juanne and Coco (also known as Felina) were already there, and Coco was planning on going through even if alone.

The water in Cave Stream is COLD. REALLY REALLY COLD. Staying dry is not possible. It is also a fairly physical climb up some of the waterfalls within the cave.

I next visited Castle Hill. Meh.

And I finally got to see a kiwi. It only cost me $29. I toured Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch. This is actually kind of a nice park. There is a single path that manages to loop through all of the exhibits as if it were an RPG dungeon. Most of the animals can be (and expect to be) fed. Rather than buy food I cheated and fed them crackers I had.

When entering the kiwi house, you are supposed to be very quiet and still. Chinese people are not good at this. Every time I managed to spot a kiwi I would be immediately surrounded by Chinese tourists trying to capture video on their tablets. I waited a long time, and finally most everybody left and I could observe the kiwis in peace. There were supposed to be four and I managed to spot all four.

I found the farthest hostel from the city center of Christchurch. Point Break Backpackers, like all city hostels, is kind of run down and annoying. But I ended up with a six-bunk room all to myself. There were a few locals staying there who tried to talk to me. Their accents made it challenging.

good morning New Zealand

Rakaia River

Pig Saddle Road!

Cave Stream Scenic Reserve

the entrance to Cave Stream

Coco starts off in waist-deep, ice-cold water.

climbing upstream


Coco takes a lot of pictures.


Coco climbing out of the cave.

Crawl out. And don't slip off.

Juanne at the cave exit.

Juanne, Coco and me

Castle Hill

big rocks at Castle Hill

There are actually two people on this bicycle thing.

emu at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Bennett's Wallaby

The ugliest pig ever. For all time.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve really likes chickens.


Kiwis are very hard to photograph.

Point Break Backpackers

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