- Waitomo is famous for it's limestone cave systems.
- Waitomo get's its' name from the Maori word for water "Wai" and the Maori word for a sinkhole "tomo". Literally it means water through a hole.
- The caves are believed to have been formed over the last 30 million years, whilst underwater. They know this because the limestone is made up of fossilised sea shells, corals, fish skeletons and other organisms from the sea bed. Layer upon layer until the limestone formation has formed.
- Trying to remember the difference between stalagmite and stalactite? Stalactites have to hold on tight to the ceiling; stalagmites might grow up to meet them.
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