Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand by da-AL

We’re a long way down in the Waitomo Caves.

Really I’d like to sound official, truly scholarly when I describe these magnificent caves. But I’d be faking it. I was too busy trying to keep my eyes in their sockets as I took in all the amazing sights to retain whatever our hard-working guide endeavored to teach us.

A mineral formation can be as delicate as a veil.

Here we were in New Zeand, and everywhere we visited was utterly beautiful and entirely distinctive from the prior site. Auckland wasn’t at all like Rotorua, which resembled neither the Redwoods nor Huka Falls, and Craters of the Moon (nor places we’d visit later like Taupo and Pirongia and Hamilton Gardens) were like any of them. (Later in Australia’s Gold Coast, we visited familyand birds of Australia Part 1 of 2 plus Part 2 of 2, then we marveled at the Spectacular Views in and Around Gold Coast, enjoyed a delicious meal on the beach, saw some wild things and cute things at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, had fun with Rita Rigby, and met the beasts of Brisbane and the beauty there.

And — New Zealand’s Waitomo Glowworms Caves were all their own too. We walked down, down, down, and then down, down, down some more while trying not to get bugs in our hair or smack our heads on nature’s sculptures along the way made of limestone and fossils.

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“The limestone formation in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occurred when the region was still under the ocean about 30 million years ago … These cave decorations take millions of years to form given that the average stalactite grows one cubic centimeter every 100 years,” according to Wikipedia.

This photo might look like nothing — but those pinpricks of light from glowworms! They exist in New Zealand! What you can’t see because without electric light its so dang dark down there, is that the GLOWWORMS give off spiderweb-like strings to ensnare their dinners.

The white dots in the immense darkness are glowworms.

Looking for an adventurous new job? They’re always looking for explorers to map out new tunnels. These are just mannequins, but they give an idea of what’s required…

The explorers who map out the caves are quite heroic.

Have you visited a limestone cave?

27 thoughts on “Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand by da-AL

  1. Cool! I’ve visited quite a few caves, all around the U.S., some with the curtain formations you photographed, but I’ve never seen cave glowworms, that’s amazing, There’s fireflies or “lightning bugs” in NY, and I’ve heard people call the females in the grass, glowworms, but I’d never heard of the cave ones before. It immediately brought to mind: my grandfather used to drive around playing CD’s by the Mills Brothers (an oldtime vocal quartet) and one of their best songs was “Glow Worm”

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  2. I love those caves and the artistic formations! And glow worms … good they didn’t catch you! I have only seen creatures like that in France, but not in caves, and they had a blueish light.
    I was in caves in France, the German and Austrian Alpes, and in Slovenia.

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  3. Your New Zealand adventure is so incredible – If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were visiting a new country every day instead of seeing so many sites in one country. But I guess this could be true of nearly every country in the world.

    The Glowworm Caves are truly spectacular. I’m so glad i get to see them this way because I’m claustrophobic and would have a hard time entering the actual caves. Was it cool or damp in the caves?

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  4. That is so awesome, especially the glowworms photo. It looks like a starry night. I’ve been to “Las Cuevas de Camuy” limestone cave in Puerto Rico. It was a great experience. Unfortunately, they have remained closed after the devastating hurricane Maria that hit the island in September of 2017.

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  5. I wonder if those little luminous creatures speak with a New Zealand accent ( a little attempt at mirth). I have four brothers who in New Zealand and I also spent 7 years there as a child. One of the brothers had them in the back yard of his batch (summer cottage) but he has since sold the place, unfortunately. I remember on starry nights, you could look up and see all the stars shining brillianly overhead (including a visible spiral from the milky way scattered over the centre of the zodiac), and then I would look below to his garden path, and see a smaller collection of blinking little stars as we walked through. If you like nature and celestial poetry, amongst others various subjects, come visit my blog some time. Best regards.

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