When I think of New Zealand, I tend to picture the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords or a grass covered mountain. Often referred to as “Australia’s Canada,” New Zealand is 1,100 miles away from any other country, has over 50 volcanos, and is rich with unusual wildlife.
But have you seen this part of New Zealand before?
Formed over 2 million years ago from surrounding limestone bedrock, the Waitomo Caves are on one of New Zealand’s northern island. These caves are home to an “endemic species of bioluminescent fungus gnat,” or glow worm fly.
In their larval stage, the glow worm flies produce silk threads from which to hang on.
The glow worm fly emits a blue light from a excretory organ they have in their tails. The light attracts the prey who can’t help but get stuck in the glow worm fly’s beautiful, and sticky, mucus death trap.
Waitomo Adventures offer tubing, rafting, climbing and absolving of the caves by appointment.
Who is coming with me? It’s only 8, 112 miles away.
For more information head to http://www.waitomo.co.nz