So, I am nowhere close to seeing as much of New Zealand as I would like to, but trust me when I say the Waitomo Glowing Worm Caves are one of the things you cannot miss when you are visiting this beautiful country.
The adventure that you will undergo in the caves is unlike anything I have ever seen, heard of, or experienced. Sure, I have been inside caves before, and a lot of you have probably rafted in rapids, but none of you have rafted inside a cave in a tube, jumped off waterfalls, found yourselves in absolute darkness and admired the sight if glowing warms, shining like tiny lanterns on the walls of the cave.
|Inside of Waitomo Caves. Picture is property of Unitec Student Media, 2014.|
Waitomo is located in the region of Waikato, to the West of Auckland, and is home of exhilirating hikes and of course, the aforementioned caves. There are many companies and different tours to chose from, but make sure you book one where you can see the worms.
Now all this talk of the worms and I haven’t even explained why they offer the spectacle they do. Well long story short-and as explained by our guides in the Waitomo Caves-this species are in reality larva that develops into a fly. They only live for a few days and spend half of that time mating (not bad huh?), and they also undergo a chemical reaction in their bodies that causes the luminescence phenomenon.
If worms are not enough of a thrill for you, I must warn you that the caves are also inhabited by eels and probably many other instects, but for obvious reasons I didn’t even bother asking what other creatures could be found in this secluded habitat. But don’t worry, the experience is so breathtaking, beautiful and fun that you won’t even pay attention to what is going on below the water.
You must also be aware that you will have to wear a wetsuit, you will jump into very cold water and will be required to raft in a tube through the caves and waterfalls. It might seem scary at times, especially if you are affraid of heights or small spaces, but you really musn’t worry, it is a more than enjoyable experience. The best part is that once you leave the caves, you will feel elated by the opportunity to have seen the glowing worms, and a bowl of hot soup and a toasted bagel will be the perfect ending to an adventorous day.
|Inside of the Waitomo Caves. Picture is Property of Unitec Student Media, 2014.|
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