Exploring the famous Glow Worm Caves was the thing I was most excited about in New Zealand. As we were travelling on the Kiwi Experience bus, signing up for trips like this was really easy and just after we’d left our previous stop, we were signed up for the Black Labyrinth trip for 1pm.
We opted for the most expensive and longest of the trips into the caves. Our trip was a five hour long excursion which included abseiling, zip-wiring, tubing, snacks in the cave and bagels and soup afterwards.
We arrived and got changed into heavy duty wetsuits and jackets with helmets and head torches. After a bit of practice we took it in turns to abseil down 35m into the caves after which we turned our head torches off to see lots of tiny glow worms scattered across the ceiling of the cave. It was such a magical sight but the best was yet to come.
We climbed further into the cave and were attached to a zip wire. In the pitch black of the cave we flew through thousands of glow worms covering the walls before drinking hot chocolate and eating flapjacks to warm ourselves up.
Next we jumped into the freezing cold water in rubber rings and floated down further into the cave. It would have been a really relaxing experience if it wasn’t for the icy cold water making its way into my wetsuit. Despite this it was an incredible view from my rubber ring and one I won’t forget.
The rest of the trip involved climbing up small waterfalls and stumbling through the uneven rocks whilst hoping not to fall over. The trip was so much fun and we had great guides who constantly made sure we were kept warm and happy. The only downside of the trip is that you’re not allowed to take your own camera into the caves. The guides take one and you can split the cost of the photos between the group making it cost less than $4 each. However, the photos weren’t great quality and because of the environment it’s difficult to capture the glow worms on camera. This is also the reason this post is lacking in pictures compared to the usual onslaught! It’s definitely something you have to experience for yourself to fully understand how beautiful the glow worm caves are.