|At the entrance to Ruakuri Cave|
|Stalactites hanging from the roof|
|Photos looks better without the flash|
|A bit fuzzy but these are the glowworm 'fishing lines'|
|The actual glowworm...the glow comes from all the waste sitting in their back area which they can't excrete. The brighter the light, the more the waste!|
|Shell fossil thought to be over 34 million years old and was also thought to be sitting on the bottom of NZ when it was underwater....amazing concept!|
|The Pretty's cave and although it doesn't look like it from these photos it was breath-takingly phenomenal|
|A Tomo...but not quite as it doesn't have an opening on the land|
|Trespass notice as apparently when you own a piece of land you own it all the way to the centre of the earth...minus any gold, silver and oil!|
|Dons waiting for us in the stunning cafe|
|An exhausted pup on the way home|
After the Ruakuri cave we did Waitomo cave which really, although stunning, was just not like the Ruakuri cave. This one you walk through then get onto a boat which is quietly pulled along by the guide using a series of pulley's so you can see the glowworms hanging above you like stars in the sky. Stunning and moving but just not long enough. There was something special being in pitch black darkness and looking above you at these glowing lights on all levels. Makes you realise and appreciate this beautiful country we are so lucky to live in. It's no wonder everyone wants to move to NZ! It's beauty is unsurpassed (in my opinion).
So that was our whistle stop trip of the middle of the North Island. The kids had a ball and we loved it too. Next time Rota-Vegas here we come!