While on the way south to Rotorua we stopped off at Waitomo Glowworm Caves which are famous for having millions of glow worms inside. The drive from Auckland was around two hours, initially down the motorway and then onto fairly good normal roads. The site features three different caves spread out over the area, the visitor centre is located at the entrance to the main cave featuring the glow worms. Unfortunately, as soon as there is any light the worms immediately stop glowing and therefore they don’t allow you to take any photographs inside the cave itself.
After walking through the cave with your guide you end up on a small boat to take a journey in total silence into the darkness through the underground lake with millions of glow worms above you.
Waitomo also features some other caves which you can also take guided tours through and where you are allowed to take photos, I only went into the Aranui cave located around 5 minutes from the glow worm site. There aren’t any glow worms within this cave but it does house an amazing number of stalactites, stalagmites & flowstones – including one which apparently resembles Jabba the Hutt and while in my photo isn’t that great in person with the correct angle and lighting you can certainly see a resemblance.
You could spend a few hours at Waitomo if you arrived when it was busy, they have limited numbers on each of the guided walking tours, while I visited in winter and it wasn’t overly busy it apparently is very popular in the summer and they recommend booking in advance.