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2007-11-26: Punakaiki - Punakaiki

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This is the place I mentioned at the end of the "day before". When we entered, we were not sure where our room was. When Deborah showed up we realized the the whole lower storey was for us. :)
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These, and the images around it, are the famous Pancake Rocks. There were some blowholes, too. The cameras were not too happy with the salty water raining down on them, but they coped with it.
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We had exchanged some mails concerning caves with Deborah when we still were in Austria. She kindly arranged us a trip with Les. He introduced us to the area and provided us with a lot of information and showed us two caves. Thanks again, Les!

We returned to both caves later the same day to spend some time taking photos:

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The formations in the first cave were pretty impressive for us. After all, we are not used to that kind of stuff in the caves of our region in Austria. The cave was very warm and quite easy to get to -- another thing that is new to us. :)
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Thumbnail Cave weta
We heard horror-stories about those guys, and I expected them to be bigger and more ugly. Except that they sometimes jump on people, I find them quite cute -- however, Tsuki does not. This one was about the size that is probably has on your screen (on the enlarged picture, of course!). They can get bigger, though.
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New Zealand's caves are famous for their glowworms. This photo is horrible, but you can see the blueish lights of the worms. This image and the one before/after are from the 2nd cave. The next image shows the sticky strings of a glowworm where it catches it's prey that is attracted by the glow.
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