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Waitomo Glowworm Cave

Listed under Show Caves in North Island, New Zealand.

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Looking something like big glowing maggots, these glowworms are a New Zealand home grown speciality, and this cave is the best place to see them doing their gently, and beautifully, glowing thing.

The guided trip though the cave system starts from the top and heads deeper underground. The top level is called the catacombs, the second the Banquet Chamber and the deepest level the tour takes you to is called the Cathedral. The names suggest the increasing grandeur of the surrounds, and the Cathedral is just as grand a space as it sounds, the rough surfaces and vaulted ceiling mean the acoustics are pretty special and some very famous performances have happened down here. The final leg of the tour is a boat ride though Glowworm Grotto, the murky passage of which is lit only by the tiny worms on the roof. Their twinkling is like the stars up close and described as both eerie and beautiful.

As well as the glowworms, these caves are decorated with some unusual fungi referred to as cave flowers, and the floor and ceiling are covered in stalactites and stalagmites.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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