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Havey’s Australia & New Zealand Adventure Part 15 – Waitomo Caves & Rotorua, North Island NZ
<center>https://nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Aus-Part-15.jpg</center> <br/><h2>The Day I Became Chief</h2>
<p>Yep, that's right, I shall henceforth refer to myself in the third person as "The Chief" and suggest you do the same otherwise I'll set my tribe on you! Haha, just kidding, The Chief wouldn't do such a thing :P </p>
<p>This part of my New Zealand tour was a mixed back of experiences as we started off at the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves for a morning of marvel before making our way over to the "pleasant" smells of Rotorua where chiefdom chose me. How on Earth do I explain this one?! Read on and find out :D</p>
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<h2>Waitomo Glowworm Caves</h2>
<p>I was recommended to go to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves by my brother's fiancee so I booked myself on a guided excursion through them to see what they were all about. To get to the caves from Raglan (which is where we were in the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="previous post (opens in a new tab)" href="https://nickyhavey.co.uk/2019/07/haveys-australia-new-zealand-adventure-part-14-raglan-north-island-nz/" target="_blank">previous post</a>) head east along Highway 23, then south down Highways 39, 3 and 37 to get to the "metropolis" that is Waitomo. Metropolis as in, it has a couple of cafes, hostels and a visitor centre...Yep. Seriously!</p>
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<p>The tour we went on took us to two different caves via a lovely long drive across the countryside. We walked through the first cave and then rafted through the second one as we travelled down the underground river in pitch black conditions. Don't worry, you get head torches, you won't get wet (other than a bit of water dripping down from the top of the cave) and your eyes will adjust to the darkness. When they do, you'll be amazed by what you see. It's like looking up at the night sky as you just see thousands upon thousands of glowing greenish light emitted from the glowworms. They glow either to attract a mate, scare off predators or lure prey to their sticky webs <a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="[Source} (opens in a new tab)" href="https://www.knowswhy.com/why-do-glow-worms-glow/" target="_blank">[Source}</a>. </p>
<center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DSC_0238_1.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-2292"/><br/><i>The views from the drive out to the caves are pretty awesome.</i></center>

<center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DSC_0210_1.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-2294"/><br/><i>You can say hello to the locals as well!</i></center>

<p>In the first cave, we learnt about the dos and don'ts of walking in this subterranean world. They have kept the modification to the caves as minimal as possible so you can experience it in all it's natural glory, which means NO TOUCHING! Please don't touch <strong>anything</strong> with your fingers because the oil from your skin will affect the natural growth and ecosystem of the cave. </p>
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<p>What you'll notice in pretty much any cave you walk into are the rock formations and they are amazing here too. However, the most important thing I took away was how to remember the difference between stalactites and stalagmites  :P Stalac<strong>tites</strong> hang from the ceiling because they hang on <strong>TIGHT</strong>! Stalag<strong>mites</strong> grow up from the bottom because they <strong>MIGHT</strong> trip you up! Now you know :) Let's have a walk around this first cave shall we?</p>
<center><img src="https://i.postimg.cc/MTcDG19J/DSC-0211-1.jpg" alt=""/><br/><i>Time to enter the first cave and take a little walk through</i></center>

<center><img src="https://i1.wp.com/nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DSC_0213_1.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-2296"/><br/><i>The true nature of the cave starts taking shape with stalactite and stalagmite formations</i></center>

<center><img src="https://i1.wp.com/nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DSC_0217_1.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-2297"/><br/><i>Remains from one of the members of the last group that didn't make it out :P</i></center>

<p>One of the skeletons we saw was from an extinct bird called the "Moa". This was a huge species of bird when they were still amongst us, reaching heights of over 3.5 metres (12 feet) and 220kg (500lb) which was a lot bigger than ostriches are now! Sadly, they were over-hunted by the Maoris and entered the history books around 1300-1400AD <a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="[Source] (opens in a new tab)" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moa" target="_blank">[Source]</a>.</p>
<center><img src="https://i1.wp.com/nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DSC_0225_1.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-2298"/><br/><i>The remains of a Moa bird skeleton </i></center>

<center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DSC_0227_1.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-2299"/><br/><i>The reflections from this pool of water adds to the eeriness</i></center>

<p>In between the cave walks, we had a break outside with some cookies and hot drinks (no prizes for guessing I had hot chocolate ;) ) before entering our second cave but not before we saw one of our eel friends who possibly escaped from the farm we were at yesterday :P Who wants to dive in and give him a little hug then?</p>
<center><img src="https://i.postimg.cc/N0WKtXVn/DSC-0230-1.jpg" alt=""/><br/><i>We had to negotiate with the cave gatekeeper to see the glowworms</i></center>
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<p>Once we paid the cave gatekeeper (don't worry, we took the hit so you won't have to pay him when you visit) we could feel the magic as we entered the magnificent glow worm caves. Smartphones are not much use here for taking pictures and if you're a keen photographer, you'll have to go on the special photography tour with your tripods and gear because you'll need a long exposure time (30 minutes) to capture the glowworms in all their glory. Thankfully the guide sent us pictures of the caves via email after the tour, which were taken with decent camera equipment so we could remember this amazing moment.</p>
<center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DSC_0237_1.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-2300"/><br/><i>Entrance to the glow worm caves</i></center>

<center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DSC_0232_1.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-2301"/><br/><i>Gooey strings from the ceiling help glowworms catch their prey</i></center>

<center><img src="https://i.postimg.cc/wBRHcGvt/DSC-0234-1.jpg" alt=""/><br/><i>This is the best my smartphone could do... rubbish!</i></center>

<center><img src="https://nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Glowworm-lights-and-threads-corrected.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-2302"/><br/><i>A closer representation of what it's like in there - thanks to <a href="https://www.glowworm.co.nz/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Spellbound Waitomo (opens in a new tab)">Spellbound Waitomo</a> for sending this to us after the tour</i></center>

<p>To illustrate just how awesome it was, there wasn't a single word said by anyone as soon as we got on the raft that took us up and down the cave river. We just took it all in as it was like looking in to a green tinted night sky.</p>
<center><img src="https://nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/SpellboundRaftwith10MinGWExposure.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-2303"/><br/><i> The raft inside the cave - thanks to <a href="https://www.glowworm.co.nz/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Spellbound Waitomo (opens in a new tab)">Spellbound Waitomo</a> for sending this to us after the tour </i></center>
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<p>We booked the tour with <a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Spellbound Waitomo (opens in a new tab)" href="https://www.glowworm.co.nz/" target="_blank">Spellbound Waitomo</a> which is basically the only company that has access to give tours in these caves as they are on private land. It turns out these caves have been visited not once but twice from the nature legend that is David Attenborough, which should tell you something! For about a 3 hour tour, it will cost around $75NZD which is a bargain in my opinion!</p>
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<h2>Rotorua</h2>
<p>It was hard to leave the caves but we needed to head east along Highways 28 and 5 to get to my inauguration, I mean, Rotorua! I liken this place to the "Yellowstone" of New Zealand with all of the hot springs that are around. The streets are lined with steam coming out of every orifice on the pavements and roads and you'll notice a strong smell of rotten eggs due to sulphur dioxide. However, it is a smell you get used to pretty quickly and we needed to as we had a Moari cultural experience lined up!</p>
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<p>The geothermal activity underneath the surface causes the water to be at boiling point when it gets to the surface so absolutely DO NOT jump in here! The locals use this to good effect though and have the most energy efficient central heating systems seeing as they just run a series of pipes around their house to keep it warm AND they all have naturally heated baths in their back gardens because why not?! </p>
<center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DSC_0247.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-2306"/><br/><i>The centre of Rotorua with steam coming out of the ground</i></center>
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<p>As we were being shown around, there was a cold wind in the air but the good news was that the ground was lovely and warm and our Maori guide told us that we could just sit or lie down to heat ourselves up! We were taken to the outside of the Te Papaiouru Marae (Gathering Place), around the Anglican Church which was set up by European settlers and then to the War Memorial around the back of it.</p>
<center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DSC_0246_1.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-2308"/><br/><i>Memorial at the back of the Anglican Church</i></center>
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<p>During the tour we were told about the 3 main reasons for the cannibalistic culture of Maoris, which lasted up until European settlement in the 1830s. The first is religion, the second is taking your revenge on those who wronged you and the third was one I questioned which was the "spiritual" side of cannibalism. This was based on killing your enemies in battle, eating them and taking their "mana" or life energy. By eating them, you'd acquire their accumulated mana making you a super beast in battle... but you'd also be on the hit list with your increased mana. Thankfully our guide didn't eat us :)</p>
<center><img src="https://i1.wp.com/nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DSC_0245_1.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-2313"/><br/><i>Lake Rotorua with Mokoia Island</i></center>
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<p>And then it was time for me to become chief! In Maori culture the females have the say as to which male is to be their chief and the tour guide decided it would be me! Thanks Bex :P So once I found out the great news of my newly acquired tribe, I needed to come up with a speech of how I'd show our gratitude to our Moari guide for welcoming us in to his home and neighbourhood. All within an hour! It required an element of "flying by the seat of my pants" but I came through and we then sung a song for him which was the first 4 lines of the Irish National Anthem (if memory serves right). </p>
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<p>Of course, we needed a name for the tribe and this is where we really threw off our Maori guide because I (under the influence from Bex) decided to name us the "Dobblers" tribe. "The...D...Dob...Dobblers?" Yes, that's right! Dobblers! Whyyyy?! Well I brought a game with me on this trip called "Dobble" which is a picture matching card game that a few people took a liiiiittle bit too seriously haha! The most passive of people turned into aggressively competitive maniacs (me included)! Nonetheless, here is my Dobbler tribe :)</p>
<center><img src="https://i1.wp.com/nickyhavey.co.uk/nh/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IMG-20190501-WA0041.jpg?fit=1024%2C768&amp;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-2309"/><br/><i>The Dobbler Tribe!</i></center>
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<p>That's all for today folks, in the next blog, myself and some of the Dobbler tribe embark on one of the most outrageous white water rafting trips I've ever done and we get to live a day in the life of a hobbit :)</p>
<p>Until then, take it easy.</p>
<p>Nicky (The Chief)</p>
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<h2>PHC Top 3 - A Chance To Win From A Growing Prize Pool</h2>

<p>Well, whilst I'm here, I might as well take the chance to tell you about a new contest that I've been a part of with the Power House Creatives called @phctop3. All you need to do is tell us what your top 3 favourites for a chance to win from a growing prize pool - more info <a href="https://steemit.com/phctop3/@phctop3/reminder-monthly-contest-a-chance-to-win-steem-from-a-growing-prize-pool">here</a>.</p>

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@nickyhavey ·
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@nickyhavey ·
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@nickyhavey ·
Ooo awesome! Thanks a lot @helpiecake and @priyanarc! Cake and chess, how civilised 😀

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@jenina619 ·
The Chief of CryptoLunch ahah😃

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@nickyhavey ·
Haha don't diss crypto otherwise I'll set my tribe on you 😛

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@jenina619 ·
Ahah what?🤣

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@torico ·
i loved the glow worm caves. i've always thought that the one thing schools should change about science is the lack of experience. if kids got out in nature more, they would have much more respect for what it entails.
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@nickyhavey ·
Absolutely right there - experiences and days out should be more common rather than reading about it in a book. Learning theory is one thing but when you're out there you just get to see and live it and that's where the true learning comes from.

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@veryspider ·
The Dobblers XD HAIL TO THE CHIEF OF THE DOBBLERS o/

Love this post, @nickyhavey ! That whole cave seems absolutely magical and I'm glad that the tour sent over some photos that kind of sort of better than the phone camera's mights.... I would like to visit it one day, for sure !

And great narration, too <3 You're always so personable :D But also informative ! Love that bits about the cannibalistic info of the past tribes.... I'm glad you didn't get eaten... XD
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@nickyhavey ·
Hahaha thanks for the lovely words man! 

Yea those caves really were special. My mouth was just open the whole time in awe (thankfully the water didn't drip into it from the roof lol)!

I appreciate the feedback on the style of writing too! It's just the way I do it, we're all human at the end of the day and I think it can be just a bit robotic when everything is kept so neutral. I loved my travels and I'm going to share the emotions too haha! SO glad I didn't get eaten 🤣

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@nickyhavey ·
Ah thank you so much @steemitbloggers! What an unexpected and awesome surprise 😊

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@manoldonchev ·
A cool spelunking trip, Nicky Cavey :)
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@nickyhavey ·
That's Chief Nicky Cavey 😉 yea it was an amazing day. Can't believe this was over 3 months ago now 🤔

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@julianhorack ·
Hey Nick Cave was a singer in a band in the last century, called The Bad Seeds. World famous rock star.
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@nickyhavey ·
Hmm, that one must have slipped through the net. Not familiar with the name! 🤔

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@manoldonchev ·
Yeah, I remember watching a Lazarus, Dig Yourself with him.

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@wales ·
It must have been amazing; unfortunately my internet is too weak to show your images, but I bet they are great...
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@nickyhavey ·
It was amazing mate. Shame you can't load the images as there's quite a few that you'd enjoy

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@felt.buzz ·
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We went to those caves on our honeymoon (and rotorua too). Still think the bra fence on the south island is the best attraction, although never did find the time to visit Prawn Park, so possibly missed out there...

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@nickyhavey ·
Ah man that's an awesome way to spend your honeymoon hey! We did drive past the bra fence on the south Island but didn't stop there as we had to get to our next place but it was completely covered haha!

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@felt.buzz ·
Yeah... it wasn't a great honeymoon, believe it or not.

I'd read an article on the bra fence a few weeks before we went out (2002). When I saw it I had to slam the brakes on and reverse back. Sadly, my wife wouldn't part with a bra for the fence. 

We'd had a miserable few days before then. My wife ended up in hospital when we landed in Christchurch - actually the nursing staff were the only ones who wished us a happy honeymoon the whole time we were there, the hotel staff everywhere else in NZ couldn't give a crap - and then when we did start our holiday our campervan side window exploded for no reason - we were parked up at the Franz Josef glacier campsite and no one else around - showering the sleeping area with glass. We had to pay to sleep in a cabin. We had to give the glacier a miss and drive for hours across the moutains in the driving rain - with no side window! - down to wanaka (the nearest place where they could fix the window) on Friday 13th. Oh happy days! 

We spent a couple of nights in Wanaka in a cabin while they put a bit of perspex to replace the campervan window (and tried to fly to Milford Sound but the weather - glorious in Wanaka - was too bad to fly to Milford)

We saw the bra fence - I think - just before arriving in Wanaka. It cheered us right up
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@goldendawne ·
I'm not claustrophobic by any means, but that cavern/cave would even have me  little anxious!
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@nickyhavey ·
Ahh we had a few claustrophobic people on our tour but they were actually fine. It's a lot more open in there than the pictures look for the walking section. There weren't too many tight sections and the raft was worth it. You'll be fine! It's just a few hours for the memory of a lifetime 😀

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@joanstewart ·
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Epic tale of your encounters on a journey you obviously relished every moment of Nicky.

Real life experiences like this stay with you forever one can never put a price to the knowledge gleaned in travel, no matter what you encounter.
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@nickyhavey ·
Hey @joanstewart thanks for joining in the adventure! Going back through these pictures and remembering what happened... Actually can't believe how much I did!

Traveling is the best education, prefer this method of learning vs my PhD 😁

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@redheadpei ·
What a great adventure, Nicky...err Chief. 🙇‍♀️ Congrats on  becoming chief of the Dobblers. 
What an interesting cave with the glow worms. I saw a program about the cave on TV’s Unknown Expedition just the other night.
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@nickyhavey ·
Haha thank you for correcting yourself @redheadpei 😛 the Dobblers certainly had an adventure!

Those glowworms were amazing and I'd recommend you experience them because it's like nothing else! 😀

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@hlezama ·
This is one amazing cave. What an incredible adventure you're living. Blessings. 
I loved the image of the glowing worms and the lake from distance.
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@nickyhavey ·
Hey @hlezema thanks man. It's hard to believe this was about 2.5 months ago now but it's great to be able to write about them and share the memories. 

Take it easy

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@birdsinparadise ·
What a wonderful adventure @nickyhavey!  We were just talking about how we would love to visit New Zealand.  The glowworm cave looks so fun :)  Great post
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@nickyhavey ·
Well I would highly recommend you start booking your visit to NZ because it really is a beautiful part of the world and I have probably another 30 blogs to write at least about my trip in this series and I pretty much covered the north and south Island. 

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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@dswigle ·
No lions or tigers.but  Dobblers! Oh, my! That looks like an ambitious trip there @nickyhavey! 

Sorry, I am still chuckling over @Felt-Buzz honeymoon and the bra fence!  :)

That glow worm cave was amazing! I have only seen it on an expedition program but, I don't know anyone who has ventures there.As much as I love adventure, that has the ewwww factor built-in, just waiting for one of those to drop down on me. OMG

Maori people put a lot of faith into their new chief. How cheeky to sing the Irish National anthem !! LOL

All in all - this was quite the adventure and I am glad you came back in one piece!! 

he pai te ra kei mua!!

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@nickyhavey ·
The most feared species around - the Dobblers haha! 

Yes the bra fence is a real thing and there are thousands upon thousands of bras on that fence! 

Haha well if one of them did drop down on you, it would definitely add to the adventure! Nothing like a slimy glowworm dropping down your neck to remember the experience by haha!

Ah it wasn't the Maori who chose me to be the chief, it was the tour guide (a New Zealander but not a Maori) who summoned my awesome power lol. And the Irish national anthem was decided upon by the females in the group so being the immense Chief that I am, I went with my tribe and we sung our hearts out haha 😂 

You wait until my next blog because coming back in one piece was not so straightforward 😁

Thanks for the tip and stopping by @dswigle!

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@fmbs25 ·
Love each one of the images, and the adventure you tell us about made me remember my old adventure trips that I did before I became a mother, thank you for involving us in your trips! I hope to see you in those rough waters!
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@nickyhavey ·
Thanks a lot for stopping by @fmbs25! I'd love to hear more about those adventures of yours! Bet you were a right thrillseeker before motherhood

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@traciyork ·
This is beyond epic, @nickyhavey! Just the glow worm caves alone would be an amazeballs post, and to think you still have more to share? Holy cannoli, Batman! I look forward to seeing more of your adventures, and...
![Nicky Havey.gif](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmVK74tKzMw6ppCLxupse59hwZ4EBQmCAEsP9w2Fi35vuB/Nicky%20Havey.gif)
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@nickyhavey ·
Hahaha! Great gif and that's exactly what I did for the rest of the trip. We had morning rituals where everyone needed to bow down to their new chief. The group LOVED it I can assure you 😁 (none of that happened)

At least 30 more blogs from New Zealand alone, it was an incredible adventure and just getting time to write about it all now!

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@traciyork ·
LMAO! I totally ~~didn't believe you for a second~~ believe that! 🤣

And that's awesome - can't wait to live vicariously through more of your adventures! 😊
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@mangonambo ·
How were the Waitomo caves? They look lovely!
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@nickyhavey ·
They were awesome mate! Well worth doing for sure! So glad I went 🙂

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@tryskele ·
It is so cool that you are immersing yourself and that you have the time to. I would probably not want to leave.  Can't wait for the next installment.
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@nickyhavey ·
Yea I didn't really want to leave New Zealand to head back to Australia, or actually back home where I am now. I have only had enough time to catch up to writing the travel blogs now. This was from 2.5 months ago so there's SO much to share! Only on day 19 out of 82 🙂

Thanks for checking it all out

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@julianhorack ·
Well done buddy, stalagtites are hanging tight from the ceiling and stalagmites might get to the top one day.
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@nickyhavey ·
That's it, it was the missing piece of my cave knowledge this last 20 years but now I've cracked the enigma! It was worth flying half way around the world just to find that out... The rest of the stuff I did is just cannon fodder

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@julianhorack ·
lol
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@blueeyes8960 ·
What an absolutely AWESOME post.   I would love to take that cave tour on a raft.  You have had some amazing adventures, thanks for sharing!
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@nickyhavey ·
Hehe thanks a lot @blueeyes8960! Really glad you enjoyed it! Never say never, steem price will go up and we can all go travelling with our earnings and share more adventures!

Just another 30+ travel blogs to come from me on this grand trip 😀

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@wonderwop ·
How cool @nickyhavey wonderful photos. Does the $75 NZD cover the cost of entry to the caves or is that another fee?  Great post 👍👍
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@nickyhavey ·
Hey @wonderwop! Yes that covers everything, here's a screenshot from their website. Are you heading out there soon then?

![](https://d1vof77qrk4l5q.cloudfront.net/img/d4a7902128ab86247ff56347533d93b456089c3e.png)

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@wonderwop ·
I don't know if I could handle that plane trip from Texas. The ride to Italy is bad enough. 😁

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@papilloncharity ·
Another great post here on you travels Chief Nicky.
Blessings!
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@nickyhavey ·
Haha thanks so much man! Glad you enjoyed this adventurous day of the travels!

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Hey @itchyfeetdonica! Thanks so much for the support on this one and the feature on today's travel digest! I'll do a bit of swinging by of my own 😉👉

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@free-reign ·
$0.11
That sure looks like a wild trip through the cave with the glowworms overhead.  I've never seen them before.  Are they only found in (watery) caves?  In the photo with the raft in the scene, the glowworms do make it look exactly like the sky.  That's a really great photo!
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@nickyhavey ·
Hey @free-reign, not only in watery caves but they are very prominent here. They live outside as well as we saw them just off the road as we were walking along at night.

Yea that was a great photo they sent over to us and helps to remember the moments! 

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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@rem-steem ·
That seems like a great adventure! I didn't know about the glow cove. Wonderful!
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@nickyhavey ·
Hey @rem-steem yea it sure was a great adventure, would highly recommend the caves and New Zealand as a whole to anyone really!

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@rem-steem ·
New Zealand seems a bit expensive for me. But who knows! putting this on my list. 🙂

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@jayna ·
Wow that looks like an incredible experience! I love the fact that you shared your picture of the glow worms even though it was almost black! Great pictures all around.
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@nickyhavey ·
Haha hey @jayna thanks for checking it out and it really was one amazing experience adding to one of the best things I've done in terms of going out  to Australia and NZ for 3 months 😊 

I had to share that smartphone picture just to show how pointless it is trying to take a picture, you might as well enjoy every moment and take it in 😁

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@nickyhavey ·
Yippee! Thanks so much for the support here @travelfeed and @smeralda!

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@fionasfavourites ·
Nicky - 

Those glow worm caves are just breathtaking.  

As for your Cheiftanship and your comment:

> first 4 lines of the Irish National Anthem (if memory serves....

How the hell should we believe you?

Looks like such an awesome trip :D

Fiona
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@nickyhavey ·
> How the hell should we believe you?

You don't question the Chief.

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@fionasfavourites ·
Ahem....I do!
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@blockurator ·
I've always been fascinated by caves. You captured the beauty and mystery of these very nicely.
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@nickyhavey ·
Yea they are mysterious and interesting places with a thousand stories to tell no doubt! Thanks for stopping by mate!

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@carolkean ·
Caves and glowworms--awesome! And this bonus at the end: 
Electronic Music Alliance (EMA) is a growing electronic music community run by electronic musicians FOR electronic musicians. #cool!
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@nickyhavey ·
It really was awesome @carolkean! Thanks for checking it out!

And yes, I'm enjoying the EMA side of things too! Are you an electronic music producer or fan? 🙂

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@carolkean ·
Not me but our son--he composes, produces, and plays upright bass (jazz).
https://mileskean.bandcamp.com/
Love your comments on the Maori, the spirituality of cannibalism, and the caving!
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@riverflows ·
Hey Chief Nicky!

Ugh the stinky Roturoa! Pretty cool to see that bubbly mud though. 

The moa were killed off within a 100 years I think.. from memory. Anyway I remember it was fast coz I was thinking .... bloody humans! 

I love glow worms. Theres lots in the Otway forests near me and the Great Ocean Road if you know where to look. Your phone capture wasnt bad! Cool cave system. 

Thanks for sharing your fun travels!

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@nickyhavey · (edited)
Haha yea that's the affectionate nickname everyone gives it - "Stinky Rotorua" 😁 it was pretty cool but I wouldn't want to get too close to the mud or the hot water let's put it that way!

You might be right there about the speed in which the moa were killed off, scary really when you think about it. 100 years to make a once thriving animal EXTINCT!

Ah no way, I didn't know there were glowworms in Otway area! Missed those when I was there in April. Yea the phone at least picked something up although had to open the lens to the max and stay still which isn't easy on a raft lol!

Thanks for reading and stopping by 😁
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@foxyspirit ·
Wooooow!!! Those caves!!!! 


I've only seen them on tv. I always thought how extremly magical a place like that would be. And you got to experience it on water! Damn you really know how to go on a trip!

Now... Has anyone asked how the path was built inside if no one is able to touch it? I mean people could wear gloves and all but sweat drips and stuff just happens. Am I overthinking it?

Which brings me to the thought I had a while back when I heard about how much we could change the ecosystem in a cave with just that bit of oil... What else changed so much with just a drop? Our print on this earth changes everything. The impact I had on this earth could only be seen down the road if every little detail was jotted down. Plus the billions of people .... Ok... Shut the door to the rabbit hole please...

So chief, what will it be? Walking staff or drum? I hear you are a good singer 😉 Chief mountain lion of the Dobbler clan. Lol.

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@nickyhavey ·
Hey hey @foxyspirit (aaaaaaaaaa 😛)

The cave actually formed over millions of years with the path and lights already in there soooo 😉 the owners probably worked with archaeologists to uncover the secrets of this cave and so the path that's there was likely to be kept and left in for tourists (which is probably more lucrative).

You're thinking about the butterfly effect there maybe? 

I am a walking staff kinda chief 😉👉

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@foxyspirit ·
Haha Aaaaaaaa lol

I just sometimes think too much. Sometimes stupidly too lol. 

Butterfly effect in full order lol.

I knew you would choose the walking staff. Lead the way chief!

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@janton ·
Well well well...looky what we have here..it's a real post. I even learnt a few things sir nickyhavey, that's an interesting section of the trip there, the caves are awesome.
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@nickyhavey ·
You always learn something when you come here Lord Janton. It must be a nice change for you

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@janton ·
A nice change from the actifit reports that everyone does with one paragraph and their report? lol. How's the job? Did you start yet? It's a better position than before right?
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