One of the best things I’ve done in New Zealand, by far, is walk through the Cave Stream Reserve. WE WENT SPELUNKING!!! Well, sort of. The cave is nearly a half mile long (it took us about 40 minutes from end to end), and basically you throw on your head lamp and just walk yourself through! Be warned that the water is ice cold and comes up to your belly button for about 97% of the trek, and there are some difficult to maneuver currents, invertebrate fauna (aka enormous spiders), misplaced marsupials, and you have to literally climb up a waterfall at the end. Oh and if you get a huge gash in your leg somewhere along the way, you won’t notice until you get out because your legs are numb. SO. MUCH. FUN.
(a danger sign here is the equivalent of an advert for thrill seekers – I’m always keeping my eyes peeled)
One end of the cave:
And the other:
On the same day we hiked around Castle Hill, a major filming location for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Describing the sight as ‘a bunch of big rocks’ doesn’t even begin to do the natural wonder justice, but I’m at a loss for words…
(model cred to my BFF)
And of course no trip to New Zealand could be truly complete without visiting a few vineyards and ice cream on the beach!
While difficult at first, I’d say my tour guide skills are slowly improving…so who’s next??