The Waitomo Caves are one of New Zealand's best loved attractions, their vast caverns full of eerie stalactite and stalagmite formations lit by thousands of glowworms. Waitomo Glowworm Cave houses the magnificent glowworm grotto, an experience that's eerily magical. You'll see the cave roof above you pricked with a million tiny pin-points of light as you drift across the darkness in a small punt. Just up the road, you can visit beautiful Aranui Cave and the recently opened Ruakuri (Den of Dogs), with its spectacular spiral staircase (man-made) winding down into the depths. 

Take a leisurely guided walking tour to admire the glowworms, or be a daredevil and set your pulses racing with blackwater rafting, tubing and abseiling packages. Above ground, you'll find just as many activities to enjoy in Waitomo District, with horse treks and scenic walks through the rolling Waikato countryside, as well as safaris, golf and fishing. The Museum of Caves has free pamphlets detailing bushwalks in the Waitomo area, including the 30 minute Ruakuri Bush walk - one of the best short walks in New Zealand. 

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