We headed to Waitomo to go black water rafting and see some glowworms, and on our way back to our campsite we saw something called “The Shearing Shed” which claimed we could pet bunnies. How can you resist that?!
We walked into a small shop with loads of knitted goods and yarns all bundled in different colours. After talking to the owner for a bit about what they do, we found out they have giant German Angora rabbits, and shear them for their soft fur. All of the yarn is hand spun and we got to see a little demonstration of how they spun the fur, and also how they sheared the bunnies. I felt so bad for the poor little giant rabbit but the shearer assured us that the bunny was not hurt in the process (which we saw) and was returned back to its hutch once the shearing was done. We got to pet the bunny as well which was a plus, it’s honestly the biggest rabbit I’ve ever seen in my life, and so so soft! Angora yarn is pricey stuff, but it’s so incredibly soft which makes it so sought after. They also blended it with Merino wool as well, and the blends tended to be a bit cheaper. Since we still had a bit of daylight left, we headed back to the beachside playground near our campground and played for a bit before watching the sunset on the beach.
I don’t have any pictures from when we went Black water rafting in the morning, as let’s face it, water and cameras aren’t the best of friends. I will tell you a bit more about it though, as it was one of the coolest things we did while in New Zealand. The company was called “The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company” and let’s just say it’s aptly named. It sounds like it’s going to be a really extreme sport, but in reality, you put wetsuits on, grab a black inner-tube, and get ready to float down a river and through the Ruakuri cave. There is a little climbing involved, and a few jumps over some waterfalls, it’s all so much fun! We did the Black Labyrinth tour which was three hours and you as you float through the caves interlocked with the person in front of you through darkness, it’s like a night sky along the top of the caves from all of the glow worms. There are quite a few glow worm caves dotted all over New Zealand, but this was the best experience by far, I would highly recommend it!
Have you ever seen glow worms in your travels? Where did you see them at?
(All pictures are from 2010)