Coolest adventure ever, anyone of you that may come to New Zealand, or are in New Zealand now and haven’t done the ‘Legendary Black water Rafting’ you really really need to!
We woke up nice and early, and while I sorted and tidied the camper (which so far we have not managed to name) Elliot went off and made us breakfast, which was seriously yummy, porridge, honey and a banana chopped on top.
With breakfast finished and the camper tidy we headed to our first awesome adventure, the 5 hour Black Abyss. This involved abseiling, zip lining, climbing waterfalls and jumping off them, swimming through the caves and all whilst being surrounded by the most beautiful glow worms!
We were first transformed from our usual selves into proper caver people, kitted out with wet suites, boots, a harness, a death preventing rope (which made us wonder what we were in for) and of course a helmet.
We had really cool guides called Wayne and Ems who you were never sure whether to believe what they were saying , for example telling us that this tiny metal bit in our harness would stop us falling to our deaths if we screamed loud enough…which I hate to admit, but I did believe…
We started off our journey through the caves with a 40metre abseil, I decided to go first in our group and absolutely loved it; when I reached the bottom I sat in the darkness for about 30minutes staring up at the glow worms waiting for the 7 other group members to join me.
We then went on to discover more of the caves, and saw some of the rock formations which take 100 years to grow the size of your thumbnail and each tiny bit will cost around £10,000, so there was quite a lot of pressure to make sure you ducked enough in order not to break them (otherwise that would have been an expensive trip!). The zip line was next and my goodness was this beautiful, we zip lined in the pitch black so that as you zoom through the caves the glow worms are visible, complete magic. Wayne and Ems then gave us a hot chocolate and a snack to warm us up before we leapt into the water with our tubes (which are basically rubber rings). I have to say, I couldn’t have got the jump more wrong, everyone else managed it fine, I however didn’t, as I jumped whilst holding my tube on my back I managed to rock backwards and land pretty much on my head instead of gracefully on my bottom like everyone else…typical! We went on to lots of swimming and lots of tubing through the caves whilst Wayne told us a bit about these glow worms, I won’t tell you everything he said, otherwise I will be here for hours typing, but this is how he summed the worms up…(read it in a kiwi accent) ”So guys, to sum it all up you have paid to come and see shiny shit carnivore maggots that shag themselves to death” I’ll leave it at that!
The rest of the 5 hours was awesome, and we finished off the trip with a bang by climbing two pretty dangerous waterfalls without a harness and only the trust in Wayne to catch us if we fall…
Anyway, with the joke the whole way through that their success rate of getting everyone out of the cave was only 80%, we did all manage to survive!
I felt like a proper adventurer, and for those of you that know me you will know that my dream is to be the female version of Bear Grylls, and I did get a tiny taste of what it would be like…and LOVED it!
At the end of our adventure we went off on a bush walk together through a few other caves and then headed to our next camp site for the night next to Lake Karapiro.
It was the most horrible night, I have never seen or heard such rain and we were the only ones in the campsite which was really eery!
It was such an incredible day and once again I’ll say that nothing can really beat being in New Zealand on an adventure (feeling a little like Bear Grylls) with Elliot…just perfect!
Bye for now