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Tēnā koutou katoa

This is all about New Zealand - Aotearoa - and the time I spent there. Magical times, beautiful scenery, gushing geysers, thermal wonderlands. Hear about Waitangi Day, discover the meaning of the word "Aotearoa", see the Glaciers, read about hangis and Hakas, and visit the beautiful Bay of Islands. So come with me on a journey - a journey to The Land of The Long White Cloud.
Kia ora


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20. Waitomo - Caves and Rabbits

Sunday 7 January

Finally we arrived at Waitomo Caves at 2.00PM. Due to the unfortunate breakdown of our bus, there wasn't time for any cave adventures. I bought lunch from a nice little place with wooden tables and bench seats outside - had fish'n'chips and potato cakes. Cost was only $6.20 - much cheaper than back home!

Waitomo Caves Totem Pole

This Māori Totem Pole stands at the entrance of the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Māori have been expert wood carvers through the ages, and store houses, ceremonial buildings, and poles were carved and adorned with detailed carvings which represented a history and paid homage to their ancestors. Carvings were given as wedding gifts, or made from the belongings of conquered enemies to incorporate their spirit into new existences.

Discovery Centre

Angora Rabbit Shearing Shed Entrance

New Zealand's only angora rabbit shearing show is held here at Waitomo. You can have the unique experience of patting a white German angora rabbit and watch them being shorn.

The Shearing Shed

The shop specialises in angora fibre products and there is a very nice selection of knitting yarn and hand-knitted garmets along with other New Zealand-made products.

German Angora Rabbit

One of the white angora rabbits - you've probably seen sheep being shorn but rabbit shearing can only be seen here at The Shearing Shed

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