Amongst a holiday of special days this one was extra special. We were up and off nice and early from New Plymouth, lots of low cloud and drizzle all around and although we were following the coast road and stopped for elevenses in a picnic area next to the beach, we never actually saw the sea. We didn’t mind though, because the place we were heading wasn’t affected by the weather. These are limestone cliffs on the way out of New Plymouth.
In the hills around Waimoto are Waimoto Caves; a world famous black water rafting and cave diving mecca, although that’s not why we were there. Theses caves are also famous for their glow-worms; millions of tiny ice-blue lights cover the cave roof wherever there is flowing water. We went to Spellbound, and had one of the most magical 3 hours of our lives. Our guide Hohepa, or Hop for short, was brilliant, he took us down two caves, this is the entrance to the first one.