Thursday, June 23, 2016

New Zealand Day 3 - Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Ruakuri Cave

06 Jun - We woke up early the next morning to start our drive towards the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. According to Wikipedia, these glowworm are exclusively found in New Zealand. The adults are around the size of an average mosquito. But for their young, they are worms that attached onto the walls of the cave. They feed by secreting a thin threadlike substances from their mouth to catch small insects that flew into the cave. In the dark, these thin thread glow luminous, creating a sky of living lights, hence the name of glowworm caves.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Entrance

Glowworm under visible light

Glowworm in the cave
(Above picture is grabbed off the Internet as no photos allowed in cave)

After the guided tour, we proceed to our next destination which is the Ruakuri Cave. This cave features stalactites and stalagmites limestone formation created over millions of years. The opening cave entrance let visitor walk down a spiral walkway deep underground into the cave.

(Above picture is grabbed off the Internet as well)

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