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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 18 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Waitomo Caves is a must see if you're anywhere near the area. The caves are beautiful and the glow worms are spectacular. The boat ride too helps make it a good day out.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

My entire family enjoyed both the Aranui cave walk and the glowworm boat ride. The Aranui cave was good for the incredible formations, with an unexpected but welcome sideshow of close-ups of glowworms, and a short education on them. The glowworm cave also had formations but ended with a boat ride through darkness and LOTS of glowworms. We did have... More

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wellington new zealand
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We payed for the standard tour that comes with a boat ride through the caves. The guide was very informative and weirdly, she spoke in a very robotic manner. Walking in to the entrance of the caves was just breathtaking. The acoustics inside of the cave were aweesome. The white shards that are growing from the ceiling were an awesome... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We did the Aranui cave walk first then took the Glowworm boat ride. Enjoyed both . The guide that took us for the Aranui cave was very informative and patiently explained about the native vegetation , maori history etc along the tour. The Glowworm boat ride was spectacular , but was kind of too short.

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Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The tour was kind of short, but the glowworms are incredible. One of the coolest things I've ever seen.

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Perugia, Italy
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We stopped at Waitomo along our route from Auckland to Rotorua. After our visit at Waitomo we chose to travel a route through hills and open country, passing by Te Kuiti, Barryville, Lake Atiamuri. The landscapes along this route are beautiful. It takes a bit longer than the most suggested one (going back to Otorhohanga) which passes through flatlands. The... More

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Orlando, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

First off, our guide was a sweet old lady who was working on her birthday. She was very knowledgeable and charming despite working on her birthday. As we got down into the caverns, we sang her happy birthday. It was a fun time. When we got on the boat, we had no idea what we were in for. The glowworm... More

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Fairfield, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited the glowworms in June. Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered questions about these unique creatures. The caves are not for people who have physical disabilities. There are handholds along the trail, but getting into and out of the boat was a challenge for my wife (who walks with a cane.) Since it was part of our AAT... More

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Hong Kong, China
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181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

First thing first, please follow all instructions given by the staff members, which means no photograph, no noise and don't attempt to use a torch inside! By doing this you can make this a sustainable tourist spot for others. Stunning nature beauty. Limestone in different shapes, (the guide said there was a family of 4 and there is an elephant... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The trip started with briefing by the tour guide. He spent 5-10 mins to introduce the limestone caves, glowworm and the history. Then we went into the limestone caves and stopped at a few spots, which took around 15 mins. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and gave us a lot information. We couldn't take any photo after entered the cave.... More

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