|Location:||Near Waitomo. From Auckland follow State Highway 1 south to Hamilton, then State Highway 3 south to Waitomo. Follow signs to Glowworm cave, bureau next to the Museum of Caves. 200 km south of Auckland, 70 km from Hamilton, 16 km from Otorohanga.|
Cave Tubing: 10, 12:15, 13:30, 15. Summer also 11.
Abseiling: 9, 13.
Wild Caving: 9, 13.
Cave Tubing: Adults NZD 75, Student NZD 68.
Abseiling: Adults NZD 75.
Wild Caving: Adults NZD 35
|Light:||none, gear provided|
Cave Tubing: D=180 min.
Abseiling: D=120 min, VR=45 m.
Wild Caving: D=360min
|Address:||Waitomo Down Under, PO Box 24, Waitomo Caves 2566, Tel: +64-7-878-7788, Fax: +64-7-878-6184, Toll-Free: 0800-456-9676. E-mail:|
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|1887||first explored by Tane Tinorau, a local Maori chief, and Fred Mace, an English surveyor.|
|1889||Tane Tinorau opened the cave to tourists.|
|1989||the land and the cave were returned to the descendants of the original owners.|
Waitomo Down Under is operated by descendants of Tane Tinorau, the Maori chief who introduced Fred Mace to the Waitomo Cave. He was the explorer of Glowworm cave and one of the first cave guides at Waitomo. The tours are similar to those of other organisations at Waitomo, but with a strong Maori perspective. The guide tell Maori myths and legends.
The visited cave is called Te Anaroa Cave and all tours take place here. There is a 45 m abseil into Baby Grand Cave, which is another entrance of the same cave. Two tours start with this abseil, and then leave the cave through the Te Anaroa branch.
Like many caves at Waitomo, Te Anaroa Cave is a river cave and two of the three trips include the so called black water rafting or cave tubing. If you prefer not to get wet, you should choose the Wild Caving tour.
The name Te Anaroa Cave is Maori for Long Cave. Such descriptive names tend to be rather common and so there is a second tourist cave named Te Anaroa Cave on South Island.