Day 19 - Waitomo

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The main plan for the day was the Glow worm caves (there are two caves to choose from; The Glow Worm caves and Ruakuri Cave. The former doesn’t allow photography (boo) so Ruakuri Cave was the one.

But first breakfast in one of the local cafes that sells tickets (at moderately cheaper prices). We were accompanied (as seems to to happen often) by a bird flying around.

The cave tour wasn’t until 1pm so a walk around Otorohanga first.

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The to the glow worm cave. A short walk to the entrance. The original entrance was closed due to a Maori burial site and it being the gateway to the afterlife (I think that’s what the guide said).

Down the large, lit spiral walkway down into the caves.

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Really you needed a tripod but as much as I’d have liked a better photo it’s a very heavy arse thing to drag through caves. Trust me, they were brighter and more impressive in person.

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A change of hotel (who wants to share a bathroom with ten other people?) and closer to town meant no driving so I could - for the first time (?) on the trip actually have a beer (or two, and an espresso martini.)

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