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Now I know how a mole feels.


I spent much of yesterday morning underground, exploring the subterranean delights of the Waitomo Caves.


These were discovered decades ago by the local Maori people and have become major tourist attractions, providing a fascinating glimpse into the world of the glowworm, which despite its cuddly portrayal is something of a gruesome beast.


At the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, you can get in a boat and float through the darkness, gazing up at the little shiny critters on the ceiling, like so many stars in the night sky.


The Aranui Cave is bigger and you can walk around here for a couple of hours, thanks to the impressive walkway which took them two-and-a-half years to construct.


The acoustics are amazing and the endless stalactite formations are testament to the power of nature.


I’m pretty sure Angus, our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, would probably live down there if his wife would let him.


Read about Jon's 'brighter' adventure to Kumeu Wine Country here.


Image: Aranui Cave

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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 23 May 2014

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