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Address: 49 Waiomio Road | Waiomio, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-404 0583
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What a suprising attraction. The office is very compact and doesn't look much from the car park. Only accepted payment is by NZ eftpos cards or cash. Our guide was very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

What a suprising attraction. The office is very compact and doesn't look much from the car park. Only accepted payment is by NZ eftpos cards or cash. Our guide was very informative and the worms are dazzling. Inside the cave, the walkway is well maintained. No photography inside the cave but some lovely scenery on the bush walk back to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I was just a little circumspect as to the value of this little foray into the rock, however as it turned out I shouldn't have been. The guides, all relatively young, don't really excite with their commentary, yet do a decent job of explaining the history of the cave, how it has been in the family for over 50 years,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Only 5 mins out of Kawakawa, well sign posted, and well worth the stop. Thousands of years of history right in front of your eyes. The Glow worms are so close you could touch them (but dont). A Family Member will guide you through mixing a cave history with a Glow worm nature lesson. To preserve the Glow worms, no... More 

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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

We had a good experience during our visit to these lime-stone caves, actually our friends with us rated this as a more informative and better value experience than another far more commercialised operation that they had been at only a few weeks ago down south of Auckland. The main reasons were the small number tours and our guide, Teina, who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Found this tour by chance as we were heading up the coast (had previously decided we would skip Waitomo Caves due to our chosen driving route from Rotorua), drove along the dirt track and was greeted by breathtaking landscapes of pastures, granite rocks and a little shop in the corner from the parking lot. The guide introduced himself, Daniel and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I think our guide told us the caves had been in his family's possession for 14 generations. A small group walks into the caves on a well-maintained boardwalk, carrying battery-powered lanterns. The guide talks about the life cycle of the glow worms along the way. Turn off the lanterns, let your eyes adjust to total darkness, and look at a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We found this place quite easily and really enjoyed our informative tour. The guides could answer all of my son's tricky questions about the worms. :) The kids (8 and 9 yrs) were engaged the whole time. The path way was dark, but we had no difficulty following the way. The walk back to the parking lot afterwards was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We have lived in NZ for 3 years now and been to Waitomo caves which is great but this was much more enjoyable in our experience and much more kiwi. You drive down a dirt track which is well signposted but you still feel like you are driving onto a families property (which you are). Myself and my wife were... More 

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spokane, wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

What a great non-commercial way to learn about and see glow worms. This family owned and run operation was fantastic no tubes, hard hats, wet suits, or extreme sports..... just a cave and a BUNCH of hungry Glow Worms. Bring cash no Credit Cards for our visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My husband and I visited this glow worm cave while on our honeymoon and found it rather personal. We enjoyed the company of our tour guide who is the great grandson of the founder. He went into great details about the glow worms and the caves answered lots of questions. Really know the history of the cave very well. Thank... More 

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