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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

39 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 7 878 8227
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Ranked #14 of 17 attractions in Waitomo Caves
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, White-water rafting
Owner description: The world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves amaze with thousands of magical glowworms that sparkle above, as you glide through the cave by boat. Enjoy the... more » Owner description: The world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves amaze with thousands of magical glowworms that sparkle above, as you glide through the cave by boat. Enjoy the ornate cave decorations and sculptures that have developed over thousands of years. To book, ring 0800 456 922. « less
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Toronto, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
32 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

My husband really wanted to see the glowworm caves. We drove right to the site and bought tickets for both the glowworm caves and Aranui. Prices are much better if you pick a combination package. We were amazed by the caverns, glowworms, stalactites & stalagmites. Our tour guides were charming, indigenous people who are very proud of their heritage, willingly... More

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Cranebrook, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The caves are amazing. The boat ride is ok looking up at the worm is special. this is not a trip for the fragile as there are many stairs down and getting in the boat could be difficult.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The tour guide was very friendly and informative. She made the tour very interesting and enjoyable. The actual glow worm part of the tour wasn't that long but beautiful nonetheless. The only bad part of the day was the tranquillity and silence of floating below the glow worms spoilt by a chatting child and parent!

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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10 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Waitomo Glowworms Cave is the tour, which tour bus companies pump their clients through. Your guide will walk you 250 metres through the cave pointing out all the formations and talking about local history. This tour ends with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, which clearly is the highlight for everyone. No photography is permitted on this tour.... More

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DeWitt, New York
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75 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I came here on my once-in-a-lifetime tour to Australia and New Zealand and for that reason, I put the cost of everything I did aside and just enjoyed myself. If you are able to do that, you'll likely find this very interesting and enjoyable (though a bit too short), as I did. If cost is a real issue for you,... More

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Fremont, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The glow worms are so fascinating! It was fun just walking through the cave to get to them, our tour guide was knowledgeable & humorous. And the boat ride is breathtaking! I loved how everyone had to be quiet because it made us feel like we were looking up at stars on a peaceful night. We definitely recommend this location!

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

A good introduction to the main three caves in Waitomo. It is a great cave and you get to ride in a boat. Having now visited Aranui and Ruakuri I would skip the Glowworm Caves in future and visit the other two instead.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Better Video DVD should be available ! So that when video capturing is not permitted , one can share his experience to their friends.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We came here because is quite famous and we wanted to know what the fuzz was all about. And we were not disappointed! It is a very unique place and the tour is well manage so you can make the most of it. My recommendation is to go late in the afternoon otherwise it will be overcrowded and it will... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

What a great experience. Yes this does cost money but it's a step back in time. I'd never seen glow worms in this kind of environment before and it was breathtaking. The silence of the caves and those respecting the no photos and no talking rules was a rare treat having been surrounded by misbehaving tourists usually! This is a... More

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