I finally did something that I’ve been dreaming of doing for like… ever.

I went to the Glow Worm Caves!

You know, the ones that you’ve heard about on National Geographic and seen on everyones Pinterest board!

And they’re even more incredible in real life!


I got to experience the glow worm caves while peacefully rafting on the underground river. Talk about a perfect day!!

You should have seen my face the first time I saw the glow worms! You couldn’t wipe that smile off my face no matter what. It was incredible and I will never forget that moment!

The day wasn’t all peaceful though.

We were jumping off waterfalls, climbing through small caves, and feeling that adrenaline. I absolutely loved it.The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company 1516 NZ Black Abyss Tubing

The Black Labyrinth tour with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. is an absolute must do in New Zealand! They even have more daring rafting tours if you’re up for a challenge!

After our adventures climbing, jumping, and floating, we ended the day with a nice warm shower, soup, and a bagel.black_water_rafting_bagel_waitomo_ciaofelicia

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon.


We also did a walk through the Ruakuri cave where you can get photos of the glow worms! It is also fully wheel chair accessible!glow_worm_cave_waitomo_ciaofelicia

This tour was less adventurous, but equally as stunning.

The cave formations and stalactites were the most beautiful that I have ever seen.Ruakuri_cave_glow_worms_waitomo_ciaofelicia

We also got to walk through a part of the cave with the lights off to experience being surrounded by the glow worms. All I can say is you need to experience this for yourself. It’s a feeling like no other!


My weekend at the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves was one of my favorite weekends in a long time. I couldn’t recommend it enough! Check out Black Water Rafting and the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves here!  (They are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary and have some awesome deals!)


What else is there to do near the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves?


Ruakuri Bushwalk– A 30 min loop track with some beautiful views. Walk through some caves and by the river, and do the walk again at night to find some more glow worms!ruakuri_bushwalk_ciaofelicia

Huhu– A delicious restaurant close to the glow worm caves! Sit outside and watch the sunset!huhu_restaurant_waitomo_ciaofelicia

Mangapohue Natural Bridge– A 5 minute walk off the road to a collapsed cave that there is now just one piece of left. Worth the walk!

Marokopa Falls– The prettiest waterfall I have seen in New Zealand so far! If you’re feeling adventurous, take the (probably very muddy) path all the way down to the base of the waterfall! I slipped multiple times, was drenched in waterfall mist, and covered in mud, but this was the highlight of my whole weekend!marokopa_falls_waitomo_ciaofelicia

Hobbiton– A little further of a drive, but a must do in New Zealand! I really enjoyed seeing the set and how beautiful that area is even though I am not a big fan of the movies!hobbiton_hobbit_new_zealand_ciaofelicia


Have you seen glow worms? Tell me about it in the comments!

Interested in some of my other favorite places in New Zealand?  Check out Waiheke Island and Rotorua!


The worms that glow; on Pinterest is where they go!Glow Worm Caves in Watiomo, New Zealand - ciaofelicia

Thank you Black Water Rafting Co for hosting me! As always, all opinions are my own!