Archive | September, 2011

Mercury Bay (Whitianga) to Waitomo

9 Sep

September 1, 2011 (in NZ)

Today, we made our way to the Karangahake Scenic Reserve where we started the morning off with a quick hike – I think everyday should start like this. It was so refreshing!

Then, we made our way to what was probably one of my favourite experiences of the trip (and well worth it!) – the Black Water Rafting experience. I did the Labyrinth option which was caving and tubing through the Waitomo Caves. We jumped off of tiny waterfalls with our tubes and then when the water would calm we would coast along and if you looked up you could see glow worms!

We stayed at the YHA Kiwi Paka – I loved it because we had 3 people in a room and lots of space for once!

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Auckland to Mercury Bay (Whitianga)

8 Sep

August 31, 2011 (in NZ)

I hopped on the KIWI bus and began my journey. I was the 3rd person to be picked up – and oddly enough – the other two were Canadians! We had a little West Coast/East Coast rivalry going on (Apparently, Ontario gets grouped into the East Coast???)  We did a quick hike to to Cathedral Cove (side), which is only accessible on foot or by kayak. We also visited a Hot Water Beach where the temperatures of the water can reach 64 degrees Celsius! Basically, you dig a hole in the sand and it fills up with water. Some of the first holes we dug were cold water, but eventually we found water so hot you couldn’t really stand in it. Groups of people would dig big pools and just lie around in them – ours was too hot to even keep your feet in! We stayed a a small hostel along the way – comfy beds and yummy spaghetti!

And Whitianga is pronounced “fit-e-anga” or something like that. Duly noted.