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Waitomo Caves

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed. Carved from the limestone by underground streams, the vast caves are laced by rivers far under the habitable land above. Stalactite and stalagmite formations make for great photos, but the highlight of your trip to Waitomo Caves is likely to be the constellations of glowworms illuminating these subterranean caverns. Waitomo Caves' small community offers lodgings, cafes, and restaurants for visitors. Don't miss the chace to explore above ground, too: take a horse trek through the lovely surrounding farmland, or make a visit to the local avian preserve to spot some of the land's rarest species. Use our New Zealand tour itinerary planning app to plan your trip to Waitomo Caves and other destinations in New Zealand.
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