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They call it the Lost World Adventure. An adventure that transports you to a world unlike anything on the surface. It is something that you wouldn't think could even exists.

Waitomo Faves, New Zealand

W hen visiting New Zealand, The Waitomo Glowworm Caves often come up as a must see on any itinerary, and that is because it is!

There are many different types of tours to see the caves, but if you are looking for something a bit more adventurous than the standard river tour, the Lost World Adventure can’t be missed. I have been to New Zealand a couple times now, and this is by far was the best way to see the caves!

This excursion can be done as a 7 or 4 hour trip. I picked the 4 hour only because it was cold and rainy when I was there--despite the summer season in January, and I didn’t want to get super wet.

The 4 hour tour includes time out on the water and travel and preparation time before the cave. You are actually inside of the cave for just under 3 hours.

People afraid of heights or falling might be intimidated by this but if you want to conquer that fear, what you will see and do while hiking through this cave makes it all worthwhile!

The entire staff has your safety as their utmost concern, so you will have nothing to worry about!  The day starts off with a quick safety lesson, and then you’re equipped up and ready to abseil 100 meters (328 feet) down into the entrance of the cave.

The descent takes 20-30 minutes. It is a tough and quite strenuous descent giving you a great arm workout! Once you land at the bottom, the hike begins through the mist and up into the rocks. While the hike has only just begun, I already feel like I am in the Lost World.

The hike takes you up and over some wet rocks and a few steep switch backs. Making your way through rocks and tight spaces, the descent continues where sunlight is now practically gone. Thoughts of how am I going to get out of here continually crossed my mind. Headlamps were a necessity at this stage of the cave, but no glow worms yet!

Eventually you arrive to a place where some would consider the highlight of the cave tour, but for me this came second to the physical part of the trek. I forgot about the glow worms because of the intensity and rigorousness or the terrain. My focus had now turned to finishing the adventure.

Our guide took us to the perfect place to rest, just under the glow worm ceiling.

At the exit of the cave, you are greeted by a heart shaped opening and beautiful warm sunlight. The Glowworm caves is an adventure for the risky, daring, and for those who want to be physically challenged. And most certainly my Prime Adventure.

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