Surreal Fairy World is made up of Waitomo Glow Worms

The Waitomo Glowworm Cave in New Zealand has attracted thousands of visitors around the world. At first glance, you might think that you’re under Tinkerbell’s pixy dusts or somewhere starry parallel universe. This Stunning, picturesque and dreamy cavern is actually a beautiful disguise by some larvae.

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Glowworm cave is filled with bioluminescent larvae that glows in dark to catch their prey. Known as Arachnocampa luminosa, these are small creatures the size of a mosquito. Thousands of them glows in blue-green light throughout the cavern walls and ceiling, resembling star-filled heavens in a world of fairy tales.

Glitters are lost after 9 months when larvae become adult flies. Not long, they live only for a few days. They don’t have any digestive system and mostly spend their time mating and laying eggs.

Should you want to visit the caves, they’re located in the southern Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand, 12 km northwest of Te Kuiti. A guided tour brings tourists to different levels of the cave: top level of the cave and catacombs; the Banquet Chamber where guests can eat; and finally, the guests go down to the Cathedral, demonstration platform, and the jetty.

A Scientific Advisory Group closely watches the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. With automated equipment, they are able to monitor carbon dioxide levels, temperatures or air and rocks and their humidity.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves is surely a must-visit place. It’s one of the world’s wonders that we can experience and enjoy. Have you been caving? Share your tips with us on the comment section below.

This article is written by MM in Dubai for

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