Drizzle, Adrenaline and Five Star Hostels
Trip Start Mar 15, 2011
13Trip End Jun 08, 2011
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I went on with Luke and Henry. We got slowly hoisted to the to the top of the tower which was approximately 40m high and looked alot higher when you got up there. One of us had to pull the cord and after a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors Henry was elected. We were counted down 3..2..1..and then the release rope was pulled. The first section was a free fall of about 10m, the ground came rushing towards us and that falling feeling in your stomach kicked in
After this we got back on the coach and headed to Waitomo.
Waitomo is a small village with one hostel, one bar and not even a shop. However it has one large attraction which cant be seen when you walk around the town. Beneath the ground is the largest cave network in the whole of Australasia covered with the unique little creature called the glow worm. We were offered a number of options to go down in the caves and see them ranging from viewing points, walks through the caves, floating through the under ground rivers or the one that we actually went for called ' The Black Abyss'
As the other group went that afternoon we went for a walk through a typical New Zealand forest. The landscape was crazy formed by the volcanoes that created the island the rock structure is random but crazily mesmeric. We walked through the forest overlooking fresh spring steams that flowed through the rock and the green tropical flora that surrounded us. Following the route we came to a place where we had the option to get into the water. In a typical English forest you would never dream of doing such a thing but with blue skies and a beaming sun it was the first thing on everyones mind. The water was still freezing cold but perfectly clear flowing through the volcanic rock. We followed the stream down a little to a huge cave mouth taking shelter under neath it. The temperature dropped quite a bit in this section but after the heat it was extremely refreshing. Walking a little further into the cave we saw a deeper pool of water still illuminated by the sunlight, after a little bit of thought and watching our bus driver dip into the water we soon decided it would be a 'good' idea to do the same
After this we headed back to the hostel and made our first attempt at washing clothes. None of us knew what we were doing but it cant be that hard, surely? We flooded the laundry room floor and got our clothes washed free by the staff at the hostel. Whoops.
With an early start tomorrow we decided to go for a good nights sleep in the luxury of a single bed as opposed to squeaking bunk beds.
In the same freezing cold water for 8:30 am tomorrow.