Story: Limestone country

Roadside Stories: Waitomo

The limestone Waitomo Caves attract over 400,000 visitors a year to their spectacular glow-worm grotto and caverns. The cave system was first explored in 1887, and from 1905 it was managed by the New Zealand government’s Tourist Department. Today black-water rafting is popular with more adventurous visitors.

Listen to a Roadside Story about the Waitomo Caves. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Paul Williams, 'Limestone country - Caves', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35259/roadside-stories-waitomo (accessed 24 July 2021)

Story by Paul Williams, published 24 Sep 2007