It was amazing. I took the 5 hour trip Black Abyss with the Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. in Waitomo Caves. It was just brill. The guides explained everything clearly and were a great laugh! We were only three clients so had a "personalised" tour. Due to the high rain fall in the recent days the water was high but still safe, we did have to skip a part of the tour and we ended up doing it in 3hours thanks to the water rush! it was just spectacular, abseil into the dark, zip line through the dark with beautiful glow worms surrounding you, jump into the black water, floating and clambering up through waterfalls and intricate cave system. Even more breathtaking than the New Zealand night sky! It is definitly something I would want to do again.
Address: Waitomo Caves
Directions: Just before the township of Waitomo Caves.
My B&B recommended this tour from a "new" tour operator. I tried it because of the great price, but got even more than I expected. Paul runs a FULL-DAY private caving tour, customized as you like: abseiling (rappelling), rock climbing, caving, and photography. Bring a D-SLR and he'll help you get fantastic pictures in the cave. He even provided dry box, tripod, and 2 external flashes!
After this tour I recommended Green Glow to several people. One couple I met in Japan went on the tour and loved it! It's FAR better than the "tourist trap" Waitomo caves (Glowworm, Ruakuri, Aranui). I saw plenty of glowworms with Paul and more importantly, had the opportunity to stop, relax, and photograph them! With Green Glow you will get much more enjoyment (and better photos = better memories) for your money than with the standard tourist-ripoff tours. I can't wait to get back to NZ and do Paul's tour again!
Address: 1117 Oparure Rd, Te Kuiti 3985, New Zealand
Phone: 0800 476 459
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La parte de la cueva donde se ven las luciérnagas con más detalle tiene un lago y te mueves poer él en un barco. La luz de las líneas de las luciérnagas en el techo en contraste con la oscuridad de la cueva, el silencio y el moverte muy suavemente en el lago es una experiencia inolvidable
La luciérnaga de Nueva Zelanda es una mosca que en la fase de larvas, pupas y adultos de ambos sexos esluminosa. En la etapa larva la luz atrae a las presas , mientras que en la pupa y adulto la luz atrae al sexo opuesto.
Las larvas producen un hilo pegajoso en el que la presa se enreda y y asi se come al insecto atrapado. Una larva puede producir hasta 70 líneas y dependiendo del tamaño de la larva, las líneas varían en longitud desde menos de 1 cm a 50 cm.
The part of the cave where you see the glowworms with more detail is in a lake and you move on it by boat . The light of the lines in the roof , contrasting with the cave darkness , the silence and the very soft movement in the lake is unforgettable
The New Zealand glowworm is a fly that in the phase of larvae, pupae, and adults of both sexes are all luminous. In the larval stage the light attracts prey in the form of other organisms, while in the pupal and adult stages the light attracts the opposite sex.
The larva hauls up the fishing line on which the prey is entangled and consumes the trapped insect. Up to 70 lines are let down by one larva and, depending on the size of the larva, the lines vary in length from under 1 cm to 50 cm.
Después de descender por una escalera circular se llega al primer nivel , que está seco e incluye la entrada a la cueva y formaciones rocosas, conocidas como las Catacumbas, el órgano de tubos y la Sala de banquetes
Aquí hay estalactitas que crecen hacia abajo desde el techo y estalagmitas que crecen desde el suelo de la cueva. Cuando se unen se llaman columnas o pilares y cuando crecen en espiral en torno a ellos son llamados helicti.
After descending by a round stair case you reach the first level that is dry and includes the entrance to the cave, and formations known as the Catacombs, the Pipe Organ and the Banquet Chamber
Here there are stalactites that grow down from the ceiling and stalagmites that grow up from the cave floor. When they join together they are called columns or pillars and when they spiral around they are called helicti.
The cave-system and village of Waitomo forms a major tourist attraction in the southern Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand, 12 kilometres northwest of Te Kuiti. The village of Waitomo Caves itself is very small, though the village has many temporary service workers living there as well. The word Waitomo comes from the Māori language wai meaning water and tomo meaning a doline or sinkhole; it can thus be translated to be water passing through a hole.
The main caves in the area are Waitomo Cave, Ruakuri Cave, Aranui Cave and Gardner's Gut. They are noted for their stalactite and stalagmite displays, and for the presence of glowworms (the fungus gnat Arachnocampa luminosa)
There are guided tours from Auckland several times per day; the boatride itself through the caves and the thousands of glowworms takes about 45 minutes.
Address: 39 Waitomo Caves Road
Directions: see map at: http://tinyurl.com/46d44l
Phone: 0800 456 922
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If you are in the Waitomo area, you really should visit the glow worm caves.
You take a conducted boat trip through the caves
They really are spectacular and worth the visit
You can arrange Waitomo cave day trips from Hamilton, Taupo, Auckland and Rotorua
Directions: In the King country
Join a guided tour, take a boat ride, marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glowworm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way.
During the boat ride, no one is allowed to making loud noises... as this will scare off the glow worms and they will quench its glow to hide themselves.
I wonder if someone suddenly fart inside the glow worm caves... Hahaha...
Address: 39 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves
Directions: Waitomo Caves is 2 hours south of Auckland, 1 hour south of Hamilton, and 2 hours west of Rotorua. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are situated 8km along Waitomo Caves Road, off State Highway 3.
Phone: 64 7 878 8227
Website: http://www.waitomo.com/Related to:
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When you leave Waitomo Cave, there is a road that leads through forest to Marakopa Falls and a natural bridge. It takes quite a while to reach these two attractions, but it is worth the drive. If you continue on this road, it will soon turn to gravel. You may think you are lost, but keep following this road and it leads to the main highway on the Tasman Sea. The scenery here was beautiful. Once on the highway, we were able to navigate our way out. Don't take this route if you don't have extra time. It took us at least 3 hours to reach the end of this road.
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Maybe 1 km away from the entrance of the famous Waitomo Caves there is a farm/shop selling garments made of angora wool taken from their angora rabbits.
The staff give free 20/30 mins shearing demonstrations with informative "lecture".
You can also pet the rabbits and buy the garments if you want.
Address: About 1km away from the Waitomo Caves
Directions: Waitomo area
It's good fun (but a bit pricy) to go and see the caves and the glowworms. The boat trip within the caves itself is probably the best part, but it's good alround, particularly if you are interested in stalagtites!
The first European to see this cave was Fres Mace and he was shown it by Maori chief Tane Tanorau. Tane Tanorau was the first guide to these caves. there are a lot of glowworms in these caves and it also has stalacmites and stalactites ofcourse. The special thing about this cave is the boattrip at the end, giving you a great view of all the glowworms, making it look like a clear night outside.
Address: Waitomo Caves Road
Phone: +64 7 878 8227
Website: http://www.waitomocaves.co.nzAdd to your Trip Planner
The whole experience is eerie, almost moving as the guide pulls the boat along the underground river using ropes. We actually come out through a different opening than the one we entered through. I can just imagine how wonderful this must have been for the first discoverers. I have never seen anything like it!
The underground journey by boat is excellent. We board in almost complete darkness and float quietly and effortlessly through the underworld, where the ceiling is full of blue fairy lights. Very impressive!
The cave complex is a large underground system with walkways and railings. We are obviously here at a very popular time, there are far too many tourists, mostly Japanese. I feel maybe more could have been made out of the caves with clever lighting. We spend a lot of the time waiting for other tour groups to move on. Apparently it is even busier in summer!
One of the few places on earth to see the amazing glow worms. You ride on this sort of gondolas and enjoy sitting in the darkness in the cave and see the sparkles of these glow worms. ...simply amazing