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independent visit to caves

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independent visit to caves

Has anyone done the caves independently purchasing 3 of the best cave pass mentioned in Lonely Planet?

It looks like Glowworm and Aranui are within walking distance apart.

What about Kiwi Paka YHA, anyone stayed there?

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1. Re: independent visit to caves

I have not done them myself but there is some free walks you can go on thru some caves around Waitomo. I am not 100% sure but I think they are around an hour or longer loop walks thru the bush and some caves. When your in Auckland look thru some of the travelers books. In one of them there is a 2 for 1 glow worm coupon for the company that does the Lost world cave system.

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Hey thanks,

Are you from NZ? Do you have any suggestions for an independent traveller? I am buying a Flex Pass on InterCity Bus. It's a hop on-hop-off pass, so I'm very flexible. I will be in NZ for a month.

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Above is a very imformative site about Waitomo Caves.

You are able to do virtual tours of the caves etc from the site.

We have done the Black Water Rafting and it is an amazing experience.

Sorry dont know anything about Kiwi Paka YHA.

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Glowworm cave is walking distance from the village. Good luck if you want to walk to the aranui cave, that will take about 1 1/2 hours!!! Sometimes the glowworm cave people will be able to give you a lift if youre travelling by yourself.

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5. Re: independent visit to caves

Check out Spellbound tours Waitomo website as they offer some interesting tour alternatives. If you get an opportunity, the Billy Black Show is good for a laugh mixed with some factual dialogue. Woodlyn Park has interesting but not cheap accommodation ranging from an aeroplane, a land locked ship, train carriage & a hobbit hole. There is a range of accommodation in Waitomo depending on what you are looking for but sorry, cannot help with info on Kiwi Paka YHA.

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