Any eco-tourist planning a visit to the Fiordland National Park should take the time to visit the Waitomo Caves. In the heart of the Waitomo Cave system in New Zealand are the Glow Worm caves. Originally discovered by the M?ori’s the caves were opened to the public since 1889 and have been a source of natural wonder ever since.
For eco-friendly accommodation why not stay at the YHA Te ANau hostel has the Green Sustainable Property award. That way you can stay somewhere close to the caves whilst at the same time doing your bit for the environment.
It pretty much goes without saying that if you are thinking about taking a tour then driving around the caves is pretty much out of the question. There is a lovely cruise though with Te Nau Glow Worm Caves, Natural Adventures that will allow you to enjoy these stunning natural caves. You will walk along some of the smaller paths and then take a punt.
Another advantage is that the trip also takes in sights such as the Dome Islands which are a world heritage area. The tour operators recommend going during the day so that you can fully appreciate the outside scenery. There are also said to be far more glow worms in the summer than the winter so if you are planning on going that is something you will want to consider.
The Glow worm caves are a beautiful natural part of the Waitomo cave system in New Zealand and the locals would very much like them to stay that way. So if you are planning a trip do look into eco-friendly accommodation, transport and do your best to make sure you leave as little a carbon footprint as possible.