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Waitomo Glowworm Caves to ‘supercharge’ visitor experience

Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Legendary Blackwater Rafting to ‘supercharge’ visitor experience

This week at TRENZ, Discover Waitomo announces a New Zealand first with the introduction of its glowworm educational programme as well as supercharging visitors’ experience in New Zealand.

In the year Waitomo Glowworm Caves celebrates 125 years of guiding, Discover Waitomo are adding even more options for the inquisitive and daring visitor to ensure they get the most out of their time in the magical underground attractions.

Education at Waitomo Glowworm Caves

The Waitomo Glowworms Cave educational programme, aimed at international students aged between 12 and 21, will give an insight into many aspects of the limestone caves network found throughout the Waitomo region. Programme themes presented by expert staff, include caves and their formation, glowworm biology and cave ecology, limestone landscapes, local Maori heritage and environmental cave management and infrastructure.

Gordon Hewston, Operations Manager, thl says, “Waitomo staff are continually discovering, learning and awed by these amazing caves. We believe the new educational programme is a great way to share staff’s expert knowledge of the cave environment, history and insect life with international students who may not have these unique environments in their own country.”

Waitomo experts can also individualise the educational programme to suit educational institute requirements and interpretation is available, with advanced translations also accessible for teachers and guides.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves can cater lunch for up to 250 students with a choice of Japanese style bento lunchbox or a range of barbeque menus. The educational programme is the perfect complement to a tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave.

The Middle-earth Trilogy Supercharged

For adventure seekers of any age, The Middle-earth Trilogy Supercharged package is a self-drive bucket list must. Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, the picturesque setting for the Shire that featured in the Sir Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Continue your adrenalin buzz on the Black Labyrinth with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. tubing, jumping and splashing your way through mysterious Ruakuri Cave at Waitomo. Experience Rotorua’s geothermal marvels and visit Te Puia, the home of Maori culture and cuisine. Take in an extended guided tour through the Te Puia valley to explore geothermal wonders, national weaving school, and a Steambox feast in front of the southern hemisphere’s largest active geyser.

The package is best suited to travellers wanting to set their own pace on a two day self-drive itinerary and keen to visit Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton. For $279 retail per adult this package showcases over eight hours of the very best outdoor experiences Aotearoa has to offer.

Why Waitomo

Located two and a half hours out of Auckland, Waitomo offers visitors a unique experience with eye-catching surrounds and activities to suit every travellers preference from abseiling a 35 metre Tomo, whizzing down the flying fox or being awe inspired floating under magical glowworms.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves’ amazing formations and thousands of sparkling glowworms, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and regularly features in global lists of the top caves in the world. For the more adventurous The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company also offers rafting tours sure to challenge and exhilarate.


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