Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a New Zealand’s Natural Treasure

Waitomo Glowworm Caves on North Island, New Zealand

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Undoubtedly, some of the world’s most attractive and enchanting phenomenon are found in nature. These innate features are so astonishing that they need no human interference or manipulation in order to astound. And Waitomo Glowworm Caves (collectively) are among the world’s most mesmeric sights.

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves, is a must see on North Island, New Zealand.

The glow in the caves is caused by “glowworm“, Arachnocampa luminosa. The species is endemic to New Zealand. The glowworms (by their thousands) create luminescent light that gleams off of the walls of the caves and grottoes that they inhabit.

You can explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves with guides, who will narrate specifics about glowworm and the caves’ history. These caves are ancient, with stalactites, stalagmites, and other cave formations, and are estimated to form over 30 million years ago. It was during this era, when the caves were still under the sea, when these attributes were formed in them. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves tend to attract larger groups. At this site, you can marvel at the natural light as you move slowly through the glittery fairyland of the Glowworm Grotto. You can meander underground. And traverse the Waitomo River.

At L’ EcoResorts, we designed the “New Zealand Nature Tour *15 Days: Exploring Off The Beaten Path“. This tour allows you to experience the South Island’s glow caves, which are the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (a river flows through the caves. there are no cave formations here. the caves get lesser visitors, but are still marvelous). On this tour, you will explore the wider Fiordland National Park, as well. You will also sight-see Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, and ultimately travel across the sea to Steward Island. This particular nature tour is all-encompassing and covers all the important sites and attractions on the South Island.

The below video depicts an outstanding time-lapse of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand. It is made by “Stoked for Saturday”, Adventure Blog. They said this about the production piece “Filming this involved sleeping in caves for multiple days in complete darkness with just the sounds of the cave to keep us company (and the occasional eel).” This is the kind of dedication that documentary filmmakers and serious nature photographers is conformed to in order to capture (on films and in still photos) the wildest, the weirdest, and the most amazing subjects and events that occur in nature.


Article by: Tiffany Huggins, L’ EcoResorts