Waitomo Glowworm Caves

If you ever want to feel like you have stepped right into a fairytale, you should visit Waitomo Glowworm caves, a world renowned attraction unlike anything else. The glow worm, arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand, with thousands of these tiny creatures living inside the deep caves of Waitomo.

The Waitomo Caves were formed over 30 million years ago, and include an upper dry level and the lower level which includes the river. Make sure you check out The Cathedral and The Tomo to be truly amazed. The tour guides are all local to the area and have an unbelievable amount of knowledge about the caves, their history and the life cycle of the glow worms. Make sure you follow their instructions as you are entering an extremely sensitive environment and it is important to leave the caves exactly how you found them.

Tours depart every half hour daily from 9am – 5pm everyday. The tour is approximately 45 minutes in duration, and includes a walk through the cave followed by a boat ride along the river and through the sections of the cave, absolutely covered in glow worms. An adult ticket to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves is $49 with concession, family and combo tickets available. Cave Combo tours are also available if you are also interested in he Ruakuri Cave Tour or the Aranui Cave Tour.

Due to the sensitivity of the glowworms you are not allowed to take photos inside the caves, as lights and flashes are very harmful to the glowing nature of the worms. All of these photos have been taken from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Facebook page.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves 
39 Waitomo Caves Road
Otorohanga, New Zealand 

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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