This morning saw us heading for Waitomo. Not having been to this part of NZ before it was a surprise that the scenery was so dramatic and alpine. At one stage we passed along the gorge through which the river Waikato flows into lake Whakamaru. It is full of steep hillsides covered in pine forests punctuated by cliffs and rocky outcrops.
Arriving just after midday at our motel we left our bags there and went to see the caves at Waitomo. There are three main caves and we chose the ones discovered by a Maori called Aramui while hunting with his dog which found a pig and chased it into a previously unknown cave. That was 1910 and it has been open to visitors ever since.
Home then for another takeaway, this time Chinese.