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340--New Zealand: Black Water Rafting in Waitomo Caves
@ CherieSpotting     Jan 31 2006 - 09:38 PST
cherie writes: Waitomo Caves are known for the thousands of glow worms that line the walls like underground constellations. Colin, Sarah, Crystal, Marsell, Remco & I explored the caves with our guide Morgan.

First we abseiled into the cave in the frumpiest looking outfits you can imagine. Then we grabbed inner tubes and floated through the caverns trying to stay away from the waterfalls and eels. We also learned that "black-water rafting" is just a fancy way of saying "floating in a cave".

Here are the photos from our latest amazing Waitomo Caves adventure.

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Cherie abseiling into one of Waitomo's glow worm infested caves.

Cherie abseiling into one of Waitomo's glow worm infested caves.

Marsell helps fir Crystal with her caving gear.

Marsell helps fir Crystal with her caving gear.

Sarah gets her hair braided so her long mane doesn't get tangeled in the lines.

Sarah gets her hair braided so her long mane doesn't get tangeled in the lines.

Cherie models the latest in the underground fashion scene.

Cherie models the latest in the underground fashion scene.

Are the cavers ready?

Are the cavers ready?

Marsell and Remco threaten to throw Cherie down the cave!

Marsell and Remco threaten to throw Cherie down the cave!

Cherie, up close.

Cherie, up close.

The repel gang!

The repel gang!

Sarah and Marsell.

Sarah and Marsell.

Crystal leans into it.

Crystal leans into it.

Cherie leans back.

Cherie leans back.

It's always nice to have someone catch your fall!

It's always nice to have someone catch your fall!

All tangled up and no where to go.

All tangled up and no where to go.

Colin prepares for the great decent.

Colin prepares for the great decent.

The search for the cave begins!

The search for the cave begins!

Prepare to abseil.

Prepare to abseil.

Conquer the fear.

Conquer the fear.

There goes Remco.

There goes Remco.

Farewell Crystal.

Farewell Crystal.

Sarah, the courageous.

Sarah, the courageous.

Sarah dangles over 100-ft from the bottom.

Sarah dangles over 100-ft from the bottom.

Sarah lands like a pro.

Sarah lands like a pro.

Don't get those lines mixed up, Morgan.

Don't get those lines mixed up, Morgan.

Cherie does a quick inspection of Morgan's bicepts.

Cherie does a quick inspection of Morgan's bicepts.

No turning back now.

No turning back now.

Look Mom! No hands!

Look Mom! No hands!

Whatever you do, don't look down.

Whatever you do, don't look down.

There goes Colin.

There goes Colin.

What light through yonder cave breaks?

What light through yonder cave breaks?

We're inside.  Grab a tube and prepare to raft.

We're inside. Grab a tube and prepare to raft.

Black water rafting is just a fancy way of saying floating in an inner tube.

Black water rafting is just a fancy way of saying floating in an inner tube.

Why paddle when you can float?

Why paddle when you can float?

Exploring the dark abyss.

Exploring the dark abyss.

Look closely.  Those fine webs are made by glow worms.

Look closely. Those fine webs are made by glow worms.

Sarah.

Sarah.

Here we go into the deep dark dank cave.

Here we go into the deep dark dank cave.

Excuse me?  Is that a waterfall?

Excuse me? Is that a waterfall?

Don't worry about the waterfalls...you should worry about the eels slithering around you.

Don't worry about the waterfalls...you should worry about the eels slithering around you.

Colin tubing.

Colin tubing.

Can Marsell fit? Or will he have to turn back?

Can Marsell fit? Or will he have to turn back?

Crystal.

Crystal.

Crawl towards the darkness.

Crawl towards the darkness.

There goes Sarah.

There goes Sarah.

Ready to explore?

Ready to explore?

Cherie.

Cherie.

Caves are cool (and moist.)

Caves are cool (and moist.)

Marsell still afloat.

Marsell still afloat.

Black-water rafting.

Black-water rafting.

Floating through a world lit only by glow worms.

Floating through a world lit only by glow worms.

Hold on.

Hold on.

Cherie gets wet.  It's not the first time.

Cherie gets wet. It's not the first time.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

Crystal.

Crystal.

Cherie the cave poser.

Cherie the cave poser.

Colin doesn't like small spaces.

Colin doesn't like small spaces.

Sarah takes the low road.  It also happens to be the small and wet road.

Sarah takes the low road. It also happens to be the small and wet road.

In a tight spot.

In a tight spot.

Sarah and Cherie.

Sarah and Cherie.

You might get wet, Marsell.

You might get wet, Marsell.

I like this rock-group.

I like this rock-group.

Colin.

Colin.

Just float on by without a care in the world.

Just float on by without a care in the world.

Morgan.

Morgan.

So many passages to explore, so little time.

So many passages to explore, so little time.

Colin with the waterfall.

Colin with the waterfall.

Ready to come out and face the world again?

Ready to come out and face the world again?

Let's look at things in a different light.

Let's look at things in a different light.

Follow the path to the sun!

Follow the path to the sun!

The final climb.

The final climb.

Marsell.

Marsell.

Sarah.

Sarah.

Remco.

Remco.

Cherie.

Cherie.

Sarah makes the final climb!

Sarah makes the final climb!

Crystal.

Crystal.

Hold on, Remco!

Hold on, Remco!

Cherie!

Cherie!

Well, well, well.

Well, well, well.

Glow-worm webs dangling in the mist.

Glow-worm webs dangling in the mist.

We made it!

We made it!

Sarah weighs twice as much with her gear on!

Sarah weighs twice as much with her gear on!