New Zealand Deep Tour Part 1 – Firefly Cave

How many fireflies are there in New Zealand? Which is better for New Zealand fireflies? Let the fireflies hang in the sky like stars, is a dream of many children, and in New Zealand, this dream can come true: thousands of fireflies are shining in the caves, shining like stars.

So some people called this natural wonder the ninth wonder of the world.In 1887, a local Maori patriarch, T. Dinu and a British surveyor, Flander, first entered the firefly wormhole.

They made bamboo rafts with flax, illuminated with candles, and marched along the creek to the bottom of the cave. When the eyes were adapted to the dark environment, they were surprised to find that there were countless shining spots on the water. After careful observation, the original wall was covered with thousands of fireflies, and the strange light spots were They emit light.

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The world-famous Waitomo is one of New Zealand’s unforgettable attractions on the North Island and one of New Zealand’s must-see destinations. You can visit 3 different underground caves on foot or participate in black water rafting.

Whether you prefer leisure or eagerness, Waitomo’s magical underground caves and challenging outdoor cave tours offer unforgettable cave adventures.

Explore the elves who live in the firefly wormhole

Waitomo is made up of two parts in Maori. “Wai” means water, “tomo” means hole. Waitomo is “flowing into the hole”. 30 million years ago, the entire Waitomo area was submerged below sea level.

Nowadays, there is a magical underground world hidden under the vast grassland in this area. The dreamy Waitomo fireflies, various caves, numerous underground rivers and flowing waters form a maze, waiting for you to explore the ancient middle. Earth world.

There are many different caves in the Waitomo area that are worth a visit. You can enter the Ruacully Caves along the unique spiral entrance, the various forms of stalactites, the hidden underground waterfalls, and the close fireflies, and change the scenery to experience different cave tours. You can also step into the depths of the jungle and explore the Arananu caves with the most beautiful limestone caves such as stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars and dripstones.

The easiest way to appreciate the underground wonders of Waitomo is to walk or take a rubber light boat, with a variety of cave combinations to choose from. Or try the legendary black water rafting, follow the guide to the rubber drifting circle to explore the underground river rafting, to achieve the brave fearless cave drifting achievements.Waitomo is easily accessible by road in the Hamilton-Waikato area of ​​the North Island of New Zealand. 2.5 hours from Auckland, 2 hours from Rotorua and 1 hour from Hamilton. If you are a “Lord of the Rings” fan, Waitomo and Hobbiton’s “Dwarf Village” is also only an hour’s drive away.

Tip: The number of people entering the hole is limited every day, please book in advance.

Opening hours:
It is open 365 days a year.
Summer (November 1 – March 31): 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Winter (April 1 – October 30): 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tour group:
The tour takes 45 minutes to an hour.
From April 1st to October 31st, every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, every half hour.
From the 1st to the 31st of the following year, the departure time of the last group every day is 5:30 pm.
The final departure time for Christmas Day is 4:00 pm.
From December 26th to January 31st, a daily tour of 6pm and 7pm will be issued.
The collection of the tour group is located at Waitomo Village Rd, Waitomo’s Firefly Cave Visitor Service Center.
Other visitors should know:
Clothing recommendations: shoes and warm jackets that are comfortable to wear and suitable for walking.
The Waitomo Glowworm Cave is suitable for all ages, but there are steps in some of the holes in the cave.
Photographs are strictly prohibited in the cave


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Although you can see fireflies in many parts of New Zealand, although you can experience sea kayaking in many parts of the world, here you can appreciate the beauty of the combination. In the Bay of Plenty in Tauranga, you can watch the sunset and the scenery with your lover while paddling a kayaking to the mysterious Firefly Canyon to see the unique beauty.

The biggest benefit of participating in this event is that you can experience the fun of sports and sightseeing, and each team has a leader, you don’t have to worry about losing. Feel the fun of boating in the calm Lake McLaren, watch the lush bushes on both sides of the river and the waterfowl playing on the water, and watch the sparkling glow of the fireflies, which is an unforgettable experience.

Since Tauranga is located in the south of Auckland, if you plan to travel to Rotorua and Coromandel by car, consider visiting Tauranga to participate in this event. Especially during the holidays, the Waitomo Glowworm Cave may be overcrowded and you may consider participating in this event. There will be relatively few people participating in this event, but the experience will never be worse than the Waitomo fireflies. For those who take a cruise on Tauranga, this event is also a good choice for you, saving you time and experiencing different events.

Tip: Please wear light and warm clothing with a wool hat. It is recommended that you do not wear jeans.

The activity is about 3-3.5 hours and the kayak time is 1-1.5 hours.

Kawiti Caves

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The Kawiti Caves are located a few kilometres south of Kawakawa, also known as the Waiomio Caves. The cave is popular with tourists for its peculiar karst landforms, stalactites and brilliant fireflies. The families that run the cave tourism are descendants of Chief Kawiti.

He is a great hero who once fought alongside Hoone Heke in Ruapekapeka. In order to commemorate this great man, later generations built a chapel and a Maori town hall on the cave. The most unique feature of the scenic spot is a friendly squid, the guardian of the cave.

When you enter the firefly wormhole, you will find that there is a hole in it. The top is like the night sky, and the fireflies are like stars shining in blue. ‘Small fungus 蚋’ is a firefly unique to New Zealand. It has a pair of wings in the larva that release the shimmer to attract food.

The journey of the Cavite Firefly Cave is about 30-40 minutes. The distance between the caves is about 200 meters. All the roads are paved with wooden boards. There are handrails for tourists to use while walking. In order not to disturb the holes.

Residents “fireflies”, visitors here need to enter by batch, complete the entire journey under the guidance and explanation of the firefly hole guide. It is open to the public seven days a week (excluding Christmas). The daily visit time is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. According to the number of tourists, a group of tourists will enter the cave for about 20-30 minutes. You can’t use the camera or mobile phone to take pictures or video in the hole, and don’t talk loudly or use a glare device such as a flashlight. Fireflies are fragile creatures that are vulnerable to outside interference and die in batches.

Ruakuri Cave

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Legend has it that the Lua Kuli cave was discovered by a Maori young man on the way to hunting birds 400-500 years ago. He was attacked by wild dogs at the entrance of the cave, so the meaning of “Luakuli” in Maori It is the nest of wild dogs.

Hundreds of years later, the wild dog’s lair was now a paradise for fireflies! Through hundreds of years of slow chemical changes, stalactites have created a grotesque rock structure that is a beautiful piece of art in the eyes of tourists. In the eyes of traditional Maori indigenous people, these caves with mysterious history have once been It is their sacred family tombs!

Child tickets are available for: 4 – 14 years old
Free admission for children under 4 years old
All photographic equipment is strictly prohibited in caves, including cameras and recorders without flash
No smoking, eating and littering are allowed in the cave.
There is a wheelchair access in the Lua Kuli Firefly Cave, and people with reduced mobility can participate in the experience.

Opening hours:
 – Summer opening hours: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (November 1 – March 31)
 Winter opening hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Christmas is temporarily closed
The daily departure time for the cave group tour is: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, starting every half hour
The cave tour lasts about 2 hours and includes 1 and a half hours of underground activities.

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

The word “Te Anau” in Maori means “a cave with a whirlpool”, which refers to the Te Anau cave where the fireflies live. It is considered to be “one of the most unusual limestone cave tours in the world.”

“If you go to the South Island Fjord area, don’t miss it.”In the 1940s, the local explorer Lawson Burrows, who was fascinated by the ancient legend of Maori, spent three years exploring the caves in the South Island and finally found this Maori in the west bank of Lake Te Anau. The cave that appeared in the legend.

Blaus climbed into the cracks of the rock and passed through the entrance. The light from the fireflies in the cave caught his eye. Since then, this cave has become the most fascinating place on the shores of Lake Te Anau. In fact, the Te Anau Firefly Cave is just the lower layer of an extremely large cave that extends down to the Milford Sound, which is dozens of kilometers to the north.

To explore this historic Firefly Cave, take a ride on Real Journeys’ white catamaran boat to take you through Lake Te Anau before you can reach a mysterious world. The Te Anau Firefly Cave is located within the 125-hectare New Zealand Fiordland National Park. In 1887, a British surveyor accompanied by the local Maori chief, took a small torch and took a torch into the cave to explore the wonders of the firefly starlight in the cave.

Since then, explorers, tourists have come one after another, and fireflies have become increasingly famous in the world.After passing the boat through Lake Te Anau, the second largest lake in New Zealand, the tour guide will lead a small group to walk and explain the cave situation.

The entrance to the cave is narrow and the inside is dark, you can hear the crisp creaking of the creek next to the stone steps. Because the stream in the cave is weakly acidic, it will continue to dissolve the rock and form different forms of stalactites and stalagmites. Go deep into the cave and let your eyes shine.

There are many shellfish and seafood fossil remains on the stone dust wall, which proves its long history. Once inside the cave, there will be a rumbling sound of water, which is a deep pool that falls from the top of the cave and falls into the foot.

When you walk to a dark river deeper in the limestone road, the tour guide will tell you not to talk, not to search by flashlight, not to take pictures. The tour guide will take you on a wooden boat to visit the firefly wormhole and enter the dark and silent world. The guide used the rope to push the boat forward, quietly the sound of the water on the side of the boat and the reverberation of the distant waterfall. Suddenly, you will find that there is light and shadow shaking in front of the water.

When you look up, you will find yourself under the “Starry Sky” and you can reach it with your hand. Look at the green fluorescent worms a little bit, flickering; dense layers layered. Looking from afar, it seems to be at the top of the downtown area, with a list of thousands of lights. These stars are reflected on the water, such as the image of Wanzhu, beautiful.

In fact, it is an insect larva that only lives in a few places in New Zealand and Australia. The larvae are 30-40 mm long, and the tail glows. Fluorescence is brighter with age and hunger. From the egg, the larva begins to net, and from this net, a number of “fishing lines” formed by the length and length of the non-transparent mucus are suspended.

The line is a string of mucus droplets, like a crystal clear crystal bead curtain. The larva emits fluorescent light on the net to attract other insects. Once the insects in the cave fly, they stick to the fishing line and become a delicious meal.

However, these elves have almost strict requirements for the living environment, and cannot survive without light and sound. Because people can’t appreciate it in film and television works, even the related tourism promotional photos are few and far between, and the shocking scenes of the elves living in it are extraordinarily mysterious. The boat continues to sneak into the depths of the cave, carrying you through the space-time tunnel and swimming under the dream “Starry Sky”.

It takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes to travel with the group and is suitable for the whole family.
The hole is wet and cold, pay attention to keep warm and moisture.
Photographing and video recording are prohibited in the cave.
Opening hours
Opening hours: 14:00-19:00 Operation throughout the year;
Duration of play: The whole journey takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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