1. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Savour the sound of native birdsong while strolling through pristine native bush. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is an ecological reserve surrounded by the world’s longest pest-proof fence. The peak of Maungatautari provides panoramic views and a chance for a well-deserved rest after mastering mountain and mud. A stop at the visitor centre to learn about the volunteers and their efforts that make the sanctuary possible is a must.
"Like a man travelling in foggy weather, those at some distance before him on the road he sees wrapped up in the fog, as well as those behind him, and also the people in the fields on each side, but near him all appears clear, though in truth he is as much in the fog as any of them." Benjamin Franklin ••••• Track to Sanctuary Mountains 28 May 2017 @fujifilmnz @fujifilmx100f @fujifilm_xseries
2. Ruakuri Caves
After ascending the highest peak in Waitomo, it’s only fitting to descend into the darkest cave. Float along the underground river that runs through the Ruakuri Caves and gaze at the display of glowworms that give the impression of a starry night sky.
3. Marokopa Falls
A short 10 minute bush walk will take you to a viewing platform overlooking the 30m-high Marokopa Falls. The spectacular falls are particularly beautiful – and particularly loud – after it has rained. Which it does quite a bit in Waitomo.
4. Mangapohue Land Bridge
The Mangapohue Land Bridge is a spectacular limestone arch, spanning the Mangapohue Stream. It’s the only rock formation still standing of what was once a mammoth cave system. The short walk also leads to fossils preserved in the limestone – a tell-tale sign of its age.
5. Lost World Cave
Venture into Waitomo’s spectacular Lost World Cave to discover another world. Beginning with a 100m abseil through the cavernous space that takes around 20 minutes, the experience is not for the faint-hearted. Lush New Zealand bush, massive caverns and glowworms abound.