22 October 2015, Thursday
XM drove at least 2 hours from Auckland to Taupo and we reached around 12++pm to make our 12.45pm time slot.
Did a prior phone reservation and booked the Black Labyrinth + Waitomo Glowworm Caves for NZ$159.50/ person. Found the price to be pretty steep, but definitely absolutely worth every penny.
THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC ADVENTURES
This is the original Waitomo subterranean adventure that will have you climbing, black water tubing, leaping, through Ruakuri Cave.
Over three hours you’ll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls and float serenely down an underground river as you enjoy the glow worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above.
Your journey concludes when you emerge into the sunlight of the Waitomo forest.
Throughout the whole time, we were either waddling through the water or tubing along parts that were less shallow. There were also times where we’d tube in silence and appreciate the glowworms hanging on the top of the caves. Mother Nature is simply magnificent!
Why is it called black water rafting? I heard cause daytime rafting’s called ‘white’, so if you’re rafting in the dark… it’s called ‘black water rafting’. Crossing black water rafting off my adventure list!
We were brought back to the base where we washed up and they had a sweet small spread of bagels + warm tomato soup for us to fuel up. Such a great perk-me-up after the three hours!
Just to note, the whole journey was three hours including the traveling + walking time. You don’t really spend a good three hours in the water. Or maybe you do, I dno. Time really flies when you’re having too much of a good time!
Cause we bought the combo, we drove on down to Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Once again, no photos allowed. ):
We were brought down to appreciate and admire the limestone formations in the cave before proceeding for a boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms!
We rode in complete silence, listening to the occasional drops of water from the top of the caves.
XM drove another 2++hours to get to Taupo where we booked our next Airbnb stay. We had to rush to a lot of places cause we didn’t have the luxury of time!
Next up in Taupo:
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