Waitomo Caves New Zealand
The first documented exploration of Waitomo Cave took
place in 1887 when Fred Mace and Tane Tinorau floated into it on a
raft. You can experience their same sense of wonder as you take a
silent boat ride, floating on black water, beneath the magnificent
star like display provided by thousands of tiny glow-worms. In addition
to the glow worm cavern you can take a guided walk through the limestone
caves that are illuminated to highlight the fascinating formations.
Neighbouring caves Ruakuri and Aranui
also have guided tours to their own unique limestone sculptures.
The Waitomo Museum of Caves has
information and displays on how caves and karst (limestone landscapes)are
formed, what is found in them, and the general world of speleology
(the science of caves). The museum theatre plays a short multi-media
presentation about the NZ Glowworm (Arachnocapma luminosa).
Waitomo is set in the lush farm
land of the King Country where you can also experience black
water rafting, horse riding, abseiling, quad biking, and exploring
areas of native forest. Approximately 25kms west of Waitomo
Caves you will find Mangapohue Natural Bridge, a giant natural limestone
bridge and the multi-tiered Marokopa Falls