Back in Te Kuiti, but this time better prepared with a pre booked Black Water Rafting tour into the Ruakuri cave. Good fun!
The cave is also famous for the glowworms, like its neighbour Waitomo cave to where a guided tour was included in the package.
From Waitomo starts a scenic road to the coast and down to Mokau where it connects with the highway again. Along the road are many great but often overlooked spots.
Mangapohue natural bridge:
And the Waikawau tunnel beach, a beach that is only accessible via a narrow tunnel through the sandstone cliffs, which was made in 1911 by three men armed only with picks and shovels.
Finally in Mokau the beach is as black as it gets: