Waitomo/Ti Kuiti Sheep Shearing Championships

Bob & Sue Dall
Sat 29 Mar 2014 09:10
Feeling optimistic for the time of year, we headed off on our tour of the North Island, with our pop up 2 midget tent, a bag full of money and plenty of honey. . .. . 1st stop, Waitomo Caves, a tourist hot spot, but with good reason. there are over 300 hundred caves in this region. The 3 main caves attract 1000's of visitors every year to see the spectacular limestone sculptures, marvel at the abundance of Glow worms and, for the intrepid, experience the delights of backwater rafting.
Feeling intrepid ,having endured the night in our tent, we opted for the black water rafting, which actually isn't rafting at all, its jumping backwards down waterfalls into freezing cold water with an inner tube  around your derrier in complete darkness, more fun than it sounds, but we were still glad we had opted for the 3hr version rather than the 7 hrs.
But before all that excitement our arrival happened to coincide with the  "Annual Te Kuiti Sheep Mustering and Sheep Shearing Championships", an event not to be missed . .

One of the stall holders selling Greenstone Jewelery, a NZ speciality.

Locals demonstrating weaving

Te Kiuti is the centre of the sheep shearing NZ world. . 

Getting ready for the great shear off

The all NZ Te Kuiti had a Museum of Rugby as well