Many of us have a bucket list of places that we can’t wait to see with our own eyes. So what about Waitomo Caves? This should be straight on everyone’s bucket list thanks to the pure wonder and beauty that comes with this aspect of Mother Nature.
If you want to see glowworms up close and personal as well as enjoy all the twisting contours of the cave, then look no further. Ruakuri Cave is an experience like no other in the world and gives visitors a chance to learn all about the fascinating way it was formed and the life of a glowworm. The best bit? Everything in Ruakuri Cave is solar-powered, meaning it uses nothing but renewable energy.
This is often considered to be New Zealand’s best-kept secret as Aranui Cave is often overshadowed by the fame of the other caves. However, the enchanted forest walk to the cave almost feels as though it is straight out of a fairytale. Virtually all of the walls of this cave are covered with stunning colors like no other in the world. The formations that have been created inside really do need to be seen to be believed.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Here we have it, the most famous of the three caves: Waitomo Glowworm Caves. There is a river running through the middle of the cave, meaning visitors can enjoy all the incredible sights and wonders from the comfort of a boat. It’s taken 30 million years to create Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and now it’s ready to be enjoyed by the world. The glowworm is only found in New Zealand, meaning you won’t get to see this anywhere else in the world.
Of course, if you want to up the adrenaline on your trip, then it could be time to take part in black water rafting at Waitomo Caves. Visitors get to take a whole new look at Ruakuri Cave as they jump, float, and weave through the water. As well as getting to see glowworms, visitors can jump off underground waterfalls in this subterranean wonderland.
So much to do
As well as having a host of different ways to enjoy and explore the caves, there are also so many other things to see and experience on a visit to Waitomo Caves. They are surrounded by farmlands and a native forest where people can enjoy the likes of Marokopa Falls, the Mangapohue Natural Bridge, and Ruaki Bush Walk. Finally, visitors can enjoy some coffee and cake to help refuel.
With so much to see and do at Waitomo Caves, it can be easy to see why they deserve to be on everyone’s bucket list. As well as getting to enjoy sights like no other in the world, they hold so many adventures and pieces of Mother Nature that there is enough to keep you gazing in awe and reliving the memories for the rest of your life.