NZ Day 39
WAITOMO ROAD:Micheals place to Waitomo 32KM (Total KM walked 709)
Today we are going to hitch to Waitomo and have a couple of days of walking because the tendinitis in my ankle is really giving me curry. Since we are here, we have organised to go on a Gloworm canyoning trip for tomorrow. Accomodation for tonight was at a Canyoning Club House, that allows TA walkers to stay for $10 per night. On the trail our accommodation varies from amazing to poor. Camp sites in town are extremely expensive per person they can range from $10 to $30 for a piece of dirt! Then you pay $1 for a 4-8 minute shower, yes they are on timers. Then you get “trail angel” property owners who’s properties are on the trail who allow you to camp on their paddock either for free or a koha( donation usually $10). Then there are 2 type of DOC Huts (Department of Conservation) 1 is serviced, these you have to book and they are cleaned by DOCS usually well facilitated and range in price from $25 -$35 per person. These we try not to use as it breaks the budget . Then there is DOC back country huts which we have bought a 6 month pass to use (pass cost $ 95 for six months) allows you to use as many of the backcountry huts as you like, no booking required and it is best in best dressed. We try to use these as much as possible they are thin on the ground in the North Island but quiet plentiful in the south. And last but not least is Wild Camping. This is just about picking a piece of dirt big enough to pitch your tent anywhere in the wilderness. This is the most preferred option because it helps the budget because it’s free unfortunately there aren’t many places your allowed to do this.
HIGHLIGHT: Sitting on the deck looking out over Waitomo
LOWLIGHT: How much pain I’m in.
Grateful to have a couple of days of. Very grateful we are going canyoning. Grateful for a room to ourselves sharing some quality time with the Spunky Rooster.