Hi all! The photos upcoming next are by far the BEST of the trip, and some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. However, before we get to those, I have this bunch of photos from the caves and a park in Auckland to share. These photos of the caves didn’t turn out too well (likely because photography is extremely hard in a place where there is little to no light, and where you definitely need people visible in the photos for some sort of scale). Anyway, l still want to share the photos with you, and tell about our experience because in real life, these caves are amazing! Now to get to it…
The Waitomo caves are a few hours outside of Auckland. There are three caves, all within nearly walking distance of one another- Ruakuri Cave, Aranui Cave, and the Waitomo Glowworm Cave. We went to see all three, however I only have photos from Ruakuri and Aranui because photos are not allowed inside of the Glowworm Caves. I highly encourage you to “google” the Glowworm Caves, however, because they are amazing! They are just as beautiful in person, if not more.
We began by walking down a trail to the caves.
These “ribbon” type stalactites are so cool! They told us that stalactites normally grow about 1 cm every 100 years. Considering how large some of the ones we saw were- that’s amazing! It definitely gives you a new perspective of time.
Here is a fossil that they showed us on one of the rocks in the caves- just think about how old that fossil probably is!
The scene below, in the Aranui cave is a very famous view. In fact, there is a very famous photo of a young Queen Elizabeth admiring it!
The next day, we relaxed by walking around One Tree Hill park in Auckland. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed just relaxing and exploring a bit. Plus, as always, the view didn’t disappoint.