Saturday, January 3, 2015

Day 38: Zero Day and Playing Tourists Again

We are still in Waitomo (btw pronounced Why-Toe-Mo meaning water hole). Yesterday we did our tour of the glowworm caves, but we wanted more. And, we wanted to see them "New Zealand" style (read, dangerous).


So we signed up for a blackwater rafting trip! We can remember watching something (Amazing Race?) sometime in 2007 or so and seeing blackwater rafting. We immediately added it to our bucket list. Now that we've done (survived) it, we both vote awesome and encourage you to add it to your list! 


Blackwater rafting means you take an inner tube down through a dark cave, even down a few waterfalls! The water was freezing cold even though we were wearing wet suits. It was so exhilarating though that I didn't notice my hypothermic state. Our guides were fantastic And, we got to see a ton more of the glowworms!
Fins to the left...






Back to hiking tomorrow, but we feel good and refreshed!

4 comments:

Misti said...

Wow, that's cool! I hadn't heard about blackwater rafting before. Interesting!

Shadow and Country Mouse said...

Glad to see you guys are taking advantage of some cool side trips. Tongariro Crossing is coming up. We had to by-pass the crossing because of a recent eruption that damage a hut and closed the trail. Be sure to post some cool photos.
Slight change in plans here. We decided to hike the PCT this year because we are in Cali. anyway. You guys will have to join us for a bit when you get back. Expected start date of 3/30/15. It's a little early, but don't mind taking a couple weeks off in Kennedy Meadows to wait for the snow to melt. Maybe we can escape the some desert heat too!

Jamie L said...

I'll add this to our bucket list. Sounds awesome! Keep on trekking and having fun!

Anonymous said...

Looks like yall are having a great time! Definitely somewhere we'll have to visit! Nice pics!

Van