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SEE Thursday, 03 September 2015

Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand

Waitomo Glowworm Caves make tourists feel like go into the fairytale world with natural highlights of magical glowworms

Waitomo Glowworm Caves located outside Waitomo town on the North Island of New Zealand. This is a famous destination where attracts a lot of tourists because of its population of glowworms in the caves.

These glowworms is called Arachnocampa Luminosa, they are found exclusively in New Zealand.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves are found for the first time in 1887 by the local Maori Chief - Tane Tinorau and an surveyor the British - Fred Mace. The local Maori people had known about the caves for quite some time, but caves underground weren't explored widely until Fred and Tane survey. Their exploration was conducted with candlelight on a raft going into the cave where the stream goes underground.

As they came in, they were amazed by the twinkling glow coming from the ceiling. As they travelled further into the cave by poling themselves towards an embankment, they were also astounded by the limestone formations. They returned many times after and Chief Tane independently discovered the upper level entrance to the cave, which is now the current entrance. Tane Tinorau and his wife Huti, by 1889, had opened the cave to visitors and were leading groups for a small fee. The administration of the cave was taken over by the government in 1906. In 1989, the land and cave were returned to the descendants of Chief Tane Tinorau and Huti. They now receive a percentage of the cave’s revenue and are involved in the management and development of the cave.

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