Timings : 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Waitomo Glowworm Caves is a unique tourist attraction located in Rotorua, New Zealand. The caves are home to a large number of glowworms. These hollows can be explored on foot till a point and through an underground stream beyond that. As the journey begins, the appointed guide provides interesting information about the ecology and the history of the caves. Then, just before the end of the trip, visitors get to witness the spectacle as the glowworms sparkling like stars in the dark and dingy caves. The ambience and the experience make Waitomo Glowworm Caves a great place to have a delightful time watching the sparkling creatures with loved ones. The tours are all guided and thus, safe for all age groups. The underground boat rides are also a part of the complete package.
The glowworm species found in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are scientifically known as Arachnocampa Luminosa. These glowworms are found only in New Zealand. Therefore, apart from being one of the top tourist attractions in the country, the caves also attract environmentalists, ecologists and nature enthusiasts. The name Waitomo comes from the Maori language wherein “wai” means water and “tomo” means hole, signifying the underground stream that leads to the glowworm caves.
The attraction is also known for its 300 other caves that are made up of natural limestone. The limestone formations were the result of volcanic activity in the region. The caves are also believed to have an important place in the Maori Culture. At present, a scientific advisory group monitors the cave environment and the number of people entering them.