Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
142Trip End Jun 18, 2011
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The hosts at our campsite had given us a map with some free things to do in the area, and considering how much we love anything free, we headed off. On the way we saw a sign for a local tourist attraction that said "Come to our farm and you can shear a rabbit". Yes, you read me right. Shear a rabbit! Not shear a sheep... shear a rabbit! I could not believe my eyes! Later on we picked up a leaflet for this farm and I have to admit the picture of the rabbit on the front is so funny, bless its little fluffy tail! The first place to go on our map was a huge limestone bridge called Mangapohue, which has formed out of the rock and is hidden up in the forest. Because it had been raining all night the forest was really muddy and water was consistantly dripping on our heads. We made it to the bridge, which joined two sides of a cliff over a stream and it was amazing! Next we headed off to Piripiri Cave, which is one of the only caves in the area which doesn't belong to a company and can be accessed by anyone without a charge
After our trip to all the free places in the area it was time to actually pay for something, as we headed off to our glow-worm trip. The trip we went on lasted 45 minutes and went underground into a huge long cave and then onto a little boat so we could see the glow-worms. The walk through the cave was lovely, but we felt a bit sorry for the girl doing the trip as there were 4 guys on our trip who were making her life difficult. As she said to us later "They must have been on heat!" About half way through our trip we went into a cave with great accoustics and the guide turned all the lights off and sang us a beautiful old Maori song in the darkness. It was so incredibly emotional and she was a great singer. After this we headed down to the boat and we went down the underground river to see the glow-worms. The water in the caves was very high because of the rainfall, but as we turned into the main waterway the sight was just amazing. In the pitch darkness there were thousands of glow-worms above your head. They looked like tiny little wiggling stars. We all sat in silence rafting down the water and taking it all in. It felt like you could just reach out and touch the stars with your own fingers... it was an experience I'll never forget.