The Waitomo Caves are one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourist attractions. Famed for their unique occupants, the caves are visited by thousands of people every year searching for the iridescent glow-worms, which cling to the walls of the caves, creating a truly magical, luminescent spectacle. A trip to Waitomo Caves is not just illuminated by the chance to spot the glow-worms. There’s also an array of activities on offer here that will enthuse and excite you. If you’re feeling brave on your tailor-made New Zealand holiday, you could attempt a breathtaking abseil into the caves.
Abseiling into Waitomo Caves
If you’re an intrepid explorer with a head for heights, there are few experiences more exhilarating than an abseil into Waitomo Caves. If you’re keen to test your mettle, organised tours will treat you to a nerve-jangling 100 ft abseil, which enables you to plunge into the depths of the caves and discover the gems that make this such a popular and appealing tourist attraction. On your way down, you can get an idea of the scope and size of the caves, and once you land on terra firma, there are plenty more adventures on offer. Abseiling can be daunting, especially if you’ve got a fear of heights, but you’ll be looked after by experienced guides who will ensure that you’re safe and offer some words of reassurance and pearls of wisdom to get you through if you’re struggling.
Once you’ve negotiated the abseil, there’s a day of walking, wading, jumping, swimming and splashing around, and that’s before you’ve even marvelled at the glow-worm display. This is a day out when you can get your hands dirty and have loads of fun. On your travels, you’ll see everything from whale carcasses and a giant flowstone to caverns you’re required to scuttle through and water jumps you need to negotiate to reach the next stage. There may also be some creepy crawlies along the way, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re not a fan of eight-legged creatures.
Depending on the tour you take, you’ll need a moderate level of fitness and plenty of enthusiasm and energy. You don’t have to abseil into the caves, and there are plenty of trips that are suitable for those who aren’t feeling quite as adventurous and those who don’t have a full day to discover the caves. Some tours also include lunch or dinner and refreshments.