Waitomo Caves

By Kyle, USA, September 2013

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The subterranean Waitomo Caves are justifiably one of the most popular visitor attractions on the North Island. It’s believed that local Maori knew of the caves’ existence, although no one would dare venture inside for fear of what unknowns might potentially lie within. All of this changed, however, when a local Maori chief by the name of Tane Tinorau and the English surveyor Fred Mace ventured in to the caves in 1887. Once inside, the two explorers were greeted with a celestial scene of thousands of glowworms illuminating the ceiling and a navigable river meandering deeper into the unknown. Having made this discovery it didn’t take long for the caves system to be further explored, and in only a few years tourists were being led through the otherworldly caves in exchange for a very small fee.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Auckland Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Auckland.

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