“Stargaze” Inside New Zealand’s Breathtaking & Otherworldly Waitomo Glowworm Cave

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Solve This Riddle: Name one place in the world you can gaze at a starry night sky, in the middle of the day?

Yup, you already know the answer. New Zealand! The Waitomo Glowworm Cave, located on the North Island of New Zealand, looks like an alien landscape straight outta Star Trek which is why it should be on everyone’s bucket list. The strange stalagmites and stalactites, underground river and otherworldly glow that characterize this magical place are nothing short of breathtaking. Ugh, why is New Zealand so cool!?

The Waitomo caves are famous for being home to a huge population of glowworms, but here’s a fun fact… did you know that Glowworms are not actually worms, but a species of fungus gnat? Either way they have glowy butts and create quite the spectacle.

These caves have been an attraction since 1889 and they continue to wow tourists from all over the world with their seemingly galatic walls. Tours start at $37 USD. If you want to make a day of it, you can extend your tour to visit the nearby Aranui or Ruakuri Caves. Aranui Cave has amazing limestone formations, while Ruakuri Cave also has it’s own Glowworm colony.

Just take a look at this…

Photography is not allowed inside the cave because the flashes scare the glowworms, leaving tourists in complete darkness.

Who’s up for a galactic cave experience? Let us know and comment below.

~The Freedom Team

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