Few places in the world truly make us believe in magic and ‘The Waitomo Glowworm Caves’ is one of those places. The caves are made up of two levels. The upper region being dry and decorated with stunning, delicate cave formations and the lower region consists of glowworms, stream passages and the Cathedral, the tallest chamber in the cave.
In the corners of the caves there are mesmerising creatures which glow in luminescent blue while preying on other insects. Arachnocampa luminosa can be seen hanging from the ceiling and walls of the cave. They are popularly known as New Zealand glowworms. They are found in abundance inside the Waitomo Caves, New Zealand. The formation of caves forms a streamway system consisting of Lucky Strike, the Tumutumu Cave and the Ruakuri Cave. To catch a glimpse of Arachnocampa luminosa, one has to go deep inside the caves and enjoy the miracle. It’s an altogether a different experience to watch thousand’s of glowowrms beaming out luminescent blue light. The sight gives one a feeling of walking through the milky way galaxy.
Things to do at The Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Many local tour operators like Discover Waitomo provide tour services for this place. You can experience boating through the streamway passages, climbing or caving activities. The guides are mostly direct descendants of the Maori chief, who originally introduced the caves to the world.
You would not believe your eyes, If ten million fireflies,
Lit up the world as I fell asleep.
Preparation for your visit
- Wear a warm jacket
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Its not preferred to go with kids
- The Waitomo Glowworm Cave does not have wheelchair access however Ruakuri Cave is wheelchair friendly.
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are consisdered the best natural attractions in the country. You must visit the place if you are in the country.