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Touring New Zealand's North Island by Campervan

Norm (our cave guide yesterday) recommended that we take a 3-kilometer detour to the bush walk at the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, and although it only took an hour for the hike, it turned out to be one of our favourite locations in New Zealand. To quote the DoC, "the reserve contains beautiful native bush, classic limestone outcrops, caves, tunnels, gorges and cantilevered walkways high above the rushing water. It is also a place of strong historical, cultural and spiritual significance." We were simply captivated by the drama of the place, highlighted by the large natural cathedral seen here (with Waitomo Stream running through it). There is no charge to use this track.

This photograph is © 2008-2013 by Murray Lundberg, and is not to be copied without express permission.
Natural Cathedral at Ruakuri Scenic Reserve