More cave recces…

Each time I drive to Auckland I try to take a different route, and this time decided I’d check out the Waitomo Caves area. There are three big caves in this area, apart from Waitomo Cave there is also Aranui Cave and Ruakuri Cave. All three are carefully managed and the infrastructure for giving tourists & visitors a great experience is VERY impressive! But I was more interested in recording sound, so I enquired ahead of time and stopped this time to discuss possibilities – I really need to commission a private tour, outside the usual tourist schedule… So I decided I would leave visiting the big three caves for my return trip when I can hopefully record some great ambiences…

But while doing some research on the area I discovered this track – the Raukuri Bush Walk…

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It is an extraordinary hike, only 30 minutes roundtrip if you don’t stop – but it is such an amazing landscape its hard not to stop & take photos ever few hundred yards. When I walked past the cave in the photo above I noticed the beautiful sound of the flow of water coming from it & decided I’d come back & record it after I’d walked the track taking photos…. But when I came back there were about a dozen people in wetsuits & floating on tyre tubes – turns out the cave exit is also the exit for the black water rafting tour, which is soemthing I did about 15 years ago! (AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!)
I figured they wouldn’t be long, so I went & recorded a nice torrent of water further along the track…

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The track loops up, around & through some natural caves… a totally magic landscape!

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To quote Terminator: I’ll be back!

 

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