Waitomo Caves Travel Guide
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- Waitomo CavesMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersApr 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.Recommended for:
- Waitomo CavesMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 4May 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.
- Waitomo CavesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodiesNov 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.
- Waitomo CavesJul 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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