Waitomo Caves + Maori Cultural Stay

Today was a day I have been looking forward to since this trip had began!

I love climbing and rappelling or abseiling as they call it down here. And caves have always fascinated me, but I’ve never done any actual caving even thought I’ve been in a cave before.

Today was our Waitomo Caves Adventure, rated one of the top things you should do when you are in New Zealand, and I definitely agree.

So in the caves we had the options of a few different adventures. Most of our group went onto either the TumuTumu ToObing adventure, which was a black-water rafting trip through the caves on tire tubes. Or the Haggas Honking Holes, which was an abseiling through waterfall action adventure! And that’s the one I went on .

Waitomo Caves

This is what abseiling  down a waterfall  looks like.

Caving Crew

Our Haggas Honking Holes Group <3

Let me tell you, this was incredible! It was several abseils, which for those whom don’t know, abseiling is going down a rock face via a rope holding you at the top.

The largest abseil we did was 20m, but the most intense one was down a waterfall with the water pouring down onto your head until you crashed down into this dark pool of water, crawled through a half submerged tunnel into a tiny water-slide like passage way down onto another waterfall and end finally dropping down a pitch black hole of water and crawling through a 10m tunnel with only a small gap above your head.


Then just some more of that before we rock climb back up in gum boots.

After the caving adventure we drove to Maketu, where we stayed at Uncle Boy’s place and had a Maori cultural experience, complete with a hangi meal and a performance which we got to take part in.

Cultural Evening Group

Our group photo with the performers!

We learned two songs and us ladies learned how to use a Poi, which was basically a stuffed ball on a string that you swing. Where as the guys learned the Haka, which was a Maori war dance.


I was brave enough to volunteer myself as a leader along with my Holland friend Tammy, and therefore we got to wear these awesome costumes!

Maketu Sunset

To finished off the evening we had the chance of watching this AMAZING sunset, simply one of the best I’ve ever seen.

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    March 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    wow. so freakin amazing that you are in nz and are doing all these amazing/fun things! def an experience of a lifetime. xoxo

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    March 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Holland friend, german friend? lol you’re making the right friends =D
    Anyway, great post :)

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    March 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    its nice to see you your having fun.

    you could call it: Hey Nadine where are you?

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    March 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    btw. abseiling is awesome! I did that once in Belgium I really loved it, but I don’t think it was quite as awesome as what you did. :)

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    Don (dspid2404)
    March 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I just went through this page and your flickr page. I think I missed out on something. Are you video taping any of these things?

    That sunset picture is really great. Play hard Nadine!

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    March 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Holland friend.. or Dutch friend? :p
    Sunset looks amazing!!

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    Scott Vclamp
    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    A spectacular adventure indeed! Thank you for keeping us up to date on your experiences. I hope these are times that you will treasure all your life. =)

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