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Moving on the next day we drove south over the Kopu Ranges. Enroute we stopped at the Karangahake Reserve for a walk along the river gorge, across two swing bridges, through a one kilometre gold mining tunnel system and into underground chambers. A quick drive through Paeroa where the famous L&P drink was invented, with its special blend of spices, lemon and Paeroa spring water, and it was on to Waitomo for another action packed day. Waitomo (wai meaning water and tomo meaning cave) is home to the famous black water rafting where our group decided to take up the challenge of the 5 hour Black Abyss tour which saw us abseiling down a 35m entrance to one of the caves, squeezing ourselves through tiny spaces as we went. This was followed by a flying fox zipline in the pitch black, tubing in freezing cold waters looking up at the glowworms as we went, caving and climbing our way through the tunnels, and finally ascending two waterfalls to exit the caves. All in all it was an amazing experience, and one which I will not forget in a long time.


Posted by slking 23:10 Archived in New Zealand

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