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Waitomo Caves

The village of Waitomo on New Zealand’s North Island is famed for its huge underground cave system. This may sound rather dark and dingy, but it is in fact home to a spectacular light show. Whilst there are over 300 caves in this area, three enchant more visitors than any others: Glowworm, Ruakuri and Aranui. As its name might suggest, Glowworm Cave is illuminated by the iridescent glow of thousands of tiny glow worms, lighting up the cave in fabulous blues and turquoises. There are many tour operators to choose from for a guided tour through the caves. 

Although Waitomo has become very much defined by the caves, there are of course lots of other things to do, such as hiking in the Waitomo Walkway, admiring the Marokopa waterfalls, and exploring the small town of Te Kuiti, known as the sheep shearing capital of the world! Sheep shearing competitions are held every autumn.