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Touring New Zealand's North Island by Campervan

We’d read many times online that the Waitomo caves should be on everyone’s “must-see” list, but we almost decided not to make the lengthy detour. We’re now very glad that we didn’t blow it off - there’s a very good reason that this town of 41 permanent residents is able to attract 500,000 visitors a year. As always in New Zealand, there are lots of ways to see the caves (there are over 100 surveyed cave systems) - we opted for the “Spellbound” tour, and it was superb. We first rafted into a cave with millions of glowworms, then walked into the dry cave seen here. Our guide, Norm, was professional, very knowledgeable, and friendly. When a couple of stupid Belgians guys in our group of 12 took off on their own, however, he made his displeasure abundantly clear.

This photograph is © 2008-2013 by Murray Lundberg, and is not to be copied without express permission.
Cave Tour at Waitomo