While some people got up at 5am to go to the beach for sunrise, I stayed snoozing until we left at 7:30am. We stopped for a walk at the Karangahake Gorge for a beautiful short walk, before grabbing a sandwich for lunch at a local cafe. We arrived at the Kiwi Paka Hostel, a lodge with beautiful views and no bunks beds – woohoo!
After a quick change into a swimsuit, I was ready for black water caving – three hours of exploring underground caves sounds incredible, in reality it was more three hours freezing my ass off in wetsuits that were already damp (yes putting on a cold and wet wetsuit really is as disgusting as you can imagine!)
After shivering before I even entered the water, I was starting to doubt whether the next three hours of trip was a good idea…but it turned out to be an awesome experience (even if you don’t like small spaces!)