The most famous caves in the North Island, accessible to the public, are Waitomo Caves. They were formed millions of years ago in the limestone rocks. Their main attraction is the local luminous larvae of butterflies. For fans of “hotter” discount travel there are difficult mazes and cave systems. And for those it won’t be enough, there is a special program that contains a hefty dose of adrenaline – cave rafting, which is still left nobody indifferent. Waitomo Caves appeared more than 30 million years ago. If the Waitomo region is not on your way, you can opt for other regions where there is also no less interesting cave adventure.
Sir David Attenborough in his series of “life below ground” described the Waitomo Caves as one of the most amazing creatures of nature. These are only small groups and within 40 minutes we see glowing arches of different cave grottoes. This journey can be called, perhaps, the most laid-back of all the cave tours in the country. Guides will tell you about the life cycle of luminous beings and their tragic fates. After a walk along the small stream, pass to another cave called Cave of the Spirit, which fills with the sunlight through the hole in the roof. Stories, legends and scientific facts provide cave explorer.
Action in Waitomo Caves starts with the world’s highest commercial abseiling. 100 meters you will slowly sink with the insurance into the hole in the Earth’s crust and are immersed in the lost world. Then the road up, accompanied by an experienced caver guide, begins. Cave rafting is more similar to adrenaline journey, which will take place in the same breath. Its adrenaline level can be compared, perhaps, with a roller coaster ride. The cameras are selected by size of participants, as well as all other equipment.
The guides show where stalactites appear in Waitomo Caves, and why some cave ornaments are called straw, will tell about how the sea turned into a cave, and about legends, jokes and gossip are better not to even mention. On the way you will hear the waterfall, which is located in a parallel world, or rather in parallel to the cave, which is not connected to the Ruakuri.