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    5 Apr 21, 2014

    The real-life setting for a glow-in-the-dark sci-fi spectacular is two hours south of Auckland and the same distance west of Rotorua under Waitomo’s rolling green hills. Here caves are filled with arachnocampa luminosa (that’s New Zealand’s indigenous glowworms to you) that give off a subtle blue glow due to a chemical reaction occurring in their abdomen. Enjoy a boat ride that will take you through this galaxy of living lights, strong on sticky webs above.

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    Ann Isabelle (@aifnyc)
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    5 May 07, 2013

    I recommend Black Odyssey tour of Waitomo Caves. It is challenging but you get to see and experience so many things like "glow warms", flying fox (zip line in "american english"), swimming inside of the caves etc, etc.

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    Rachel Patterson
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    5 Dec 24, 2012

    I went on one of the more extreme caving adventure options, Haggis Honking Holes. It was incredible. We got to see glowworms, rappel down a waterfall, and crawl around a lot!

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    Eyal Gura
    5 Nov 19, 2012

    nice boat riding experience in a very dark tunnel beneath the mountain . the only lights you will see is by the FireFlys

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    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Nov 10, 2012

    The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are amazing. Descend them on a guided tour and watch the ceiling glow as the guide turns off the torch. After seeing that standing on the ground, get in a boat for a trip on the underground river to see it again. The boat eventually takes you out of the cave.

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    Daisy N
    5 Jul 23, 2012

    Pretty cool opportunity to go "Black" water rafting. It's more like intertubing. They have you wear weatsuits and helmets with the lights mounted on them. The waters are freezing but a great expierence! Loved seeing the glow worms. You dont need to be a good swimmer for this, as the only part you might have to swim is a bit at the end to pull yourself out of the water.

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    Sharon McVittie
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Blackwater Rafting was awesome... Freaking cold in July, but such fun. Glow worms and jumping backwards from a waterfall whilst underground!!!!

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    feverish scarlet
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Black water rafting. Frigid waters, but a great adventure in silly outfits that are supposed to help keep you warm.

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    5 Apr 16, 2012
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    Jenna K
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    4 May 02, 2013
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Waitomo Caves has been an important destination for cave-seeking tourists since the early 1900s. The area itself consists of a village and its caves, both noted for their natural beauty, however it’s only the caves that can claim to be over two million years old.

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