Caving

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
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Trip End Dec 01, 2011


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Where I stayed
otorohanga campground

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

We went to the 'Rap,rock,raft' office in the morning and met with our guide who would be taking us into the caves and also the other people in our group. We left for their suit up area and got rigged up with wet suit, harness, bright pink leggings and helmet before driving to the cave, we were all lookin real good!
The guide Simon had us practice using our harness before heading down into the cave. The little Taiwanese couple that were with us couldn't stop squealing with delight as they lowered themselves down into the cave, it was pretty funny. We started into the cave after everyone was down and harnesses were off (the whole cave had a river flowing through it that was between 1-4ft deep the whole way). We started into the cave while Simon told us about how it was formed and so forth. Simon would then point to a small hole in the rocks and tell us to climb through it, considering the hole looked like it could barely fit a small child we were thankfull we all got through fine and continued. Simon then sat us down and had us turn our lights off so that we could see all of the glow worms on the ceiling (there were thousands and looked like a clear night with tons of blue stars everywhere). We then headed back where we started and grabbed some inner tubes so we could float down the river and watch the glowworms. Simon had us crawling through more tiny holes and seeing if we would fit. I (James) was sure I was stuck a few times and it took some wiggling to get through.
When we were through exploring Simon had us climb a moss and wet leaf covered rock wall to get out of the cave. We then headed back to the suit-up area and had a shower before heading back to the office where we got to see all the pictures of our journey.
When we finished we headed back on the road towards the Coromendel Peninsula in hopes of sun and maybe a couple warm days on the beach!
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