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Old Mar 25, 14, 9:12 am
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Underground In New Zealand

After my recent visit to Japan, I headed back to my home country of New Zealand to catch up with family & friends.

I also got to visit Waitomo for a fun day of caving.

Paying utmost attention for the safety briefing before the abseil down.


Down into the abyss. At ~100metres it is the world's deepest commercial cave abseil.


Only one hand.


My sis bought me the trip for a birthday present.

Into the middle of the earth.


From left, Cassandra from California, me, my sister Victoria, and hubby Steve.


Almost at the bottom of the descent.


Ready for landing.


Sandwiches & Muffins for lunch before heading into the dark.


My 'Rocky' pose.


Jumping in the deep end!


Clambering up the two rocks faces. Took a bit of co-ordination, especially wearing gumboots!


Not for the claustrophobic!


Luckily the water level wasn't too high after recents rains.


Steve squeezing his 6 foot 4 frame through.


Glow worms.


At the end after 7 hours underground!


And back to the surface.


At Auckland Airport, about to board the EK A380 for the flight back to Dubai.
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Old Mar 25, 14, 10:40 am
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Wow! The caving looks amazing, but definitely not for someone with claustrophobia.
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Those pictures of you guys squeezing through are terrifying! I'm not brave enough for that! As usual absolutely stunning pictures.
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WOW....those are pretty awesome photos! Compared to those cramped caves, 10 abreast on a EK 777 doesn't seem so bad...
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Sensational pics! What a great experience!
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Looks amazing!
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Thanks, guys. Being in the dark with only a headlamp deep underground was actually quite calming, just as long as you didn't get lost from everyone else though.

They've had an 87 year old and a blind person down there, as well as a paraplegic doing the abseil, so no one has any excuses!

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WOW....those are pretty awesome photos! Compared to those cramped caves, 10 abreast on a EK 777 doesn't seem so bad...
Yep, it makes me cringe when Tim Clark talks about 11 abreast in the A380!
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Yeah, you gotta try it. You can do it all. Go for it!!
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Great photos!
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Did this EXACT same thing in 2011. What fun. Did fly F on the A380 out of AKL after
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Nice photos - looks like you guys had a blast.

I'm guessing you didn't bring the DSLR for this?
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Great photos!
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Nice photos - looks like you guys had a blast.

I'm guessing you didn't bring the DSLR for this?
Yes, wasn't going to risk my DSLR down there. Our two guides had a waterproof point & shoot camera each, and took all the photo's.

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Did this EXACT same thing in 2011. What fun. Did fly F on the A380 out of AKL after
Yes, great way to see NZ from below. Unfortunately I was downstairs stuck in a middle seat on the A380.
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People do this for fun?
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I have two questions about your seven hour trip to the cave:

1) you know...what did you do about....seven hours is a long time...
2) how did you get up?
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