Waitomo (glowworm) Caves, New Zealand
It’s certainly a number of years since I was in New Zealand, but it’s a place that really stays with you and one of my favourite trips was visiting Waitomo Caves, aka The Glowworm Caves.
We opted for a dry tour of the 30 million year old caves with a guide taking us though the tunnels of stalagmites and stalactites, highlighting formations such as the Catacombs, the Pipe Organ and the Banquet Chamber, and then onto a boat through the lower level semi submerged caves underneath a canopy of luminescent lights provided my millions of blue/green glowworms.
The sheer number of glowworms in the grotto is breathtaking, and you will crick your neck by craning upwards to bask in the beauty of the colours and light. You can also see the billions of sticky strands hanging from the rocks, and these glitter and shimmer in reflected light and are used by the glowworms to ensnare insects attracted by their bioluminescence.
Top tips for Waitomo Caves: There are lots of different cave systems to explore here and you can partake in various adrenaline fuelled activities such as black water rafting, tubing, caving, climbing and abseiling (which we would have done if budget had allowed). Our guided tour was with Spellbound, and whilst you can’t take flash photography in the caves due to scientific reasons, they did email us some great pictures for us to keep (see below).
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