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Address: 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-878 8227
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour, White-water rafting
Description: The world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves amaze with thousands of magical...
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.
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Only place you can see these glow worms - don't pass up!

This is the only place you can see the glow worms in the world, so it is definitely a must do. I've been to caves in several different places and the glow worms made these very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Owasso, Oklahoma
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Ahmedabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 NEW

it is a well manage attraction. very well guided. good guides and well informed. good restaurant and you should book 2 attraction at a time to plan and manage time and money.tour was very impressive and boat experience was very good.

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Owasso, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This is the only place you can see the glow worms in the world, so it is definitely a must do. I've been to caves in several different places and the glow worms made these very unique and memorable! I did two tours, the one on the boat and then the walking tour through a different cave (although i don't... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Wow what a beautiful Experience we have been to other caves but none as Spectacular as these this is my Second Visit and we would go again peaceful Tranquil and absolutely Magnificent tour of the Caves Finishing off with a boat tour of the millions of Glowworms deep inside the cavern a Must for anyone visiting North island New Zealand

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Although the cave was very beautiful, they don't let you take ANY pics inside!! Which is very disappointing and unfair. Also you only spend a very short about of time in the boat looking at the glowworms. For that reason I give it 3 stars because it's almost not worth the cost. Also if you go make sure you check... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This was the one thing that we wanted to do as soon as we decided to visit New Zealand and we were not disappointed. From the minute you get to the cave entrance you know your in for something special. Our tour guide was really nice and funny. Firstly we walked down to see the caves which had the stalagmite... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

These caves when you see in the dark are really a magical experience. You are requested to keep as quiet as you can for the boat ride and you see flashes and different formations of lights from the glow worms. The lime stone formation of stalactites and stalagmites are awesome. Certain days when it rains a lot the caves are... More 

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Waitoma Caves (Glow Worm Caves). The first part of the tour took us from the top, down120 feet to the river that runs through the bottom. The upper parts of the cave trail are not anything anymore unique then other caves like Ruby Falls (10 X more impressive) we have visited. What makes this visit worth the trip is (what... More 

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Binky_610
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This is a magical place which everyone should visit. Please keep quiet though as it is a sacred place and not a "fun house". If you can't control your little children, do not bring them here.

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Peterborough, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

A very well publicized and popular tourist destination. In spite of the large number of visitors, this attraction is run very efficiently, with a minimum of crowding. The walk through the caves is interesting, but the boat ride through the flooded area is the highlight. Try to get in a boat with "mature adults" as the glowworm experience is particularly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Beautiful boat ride and view of the glow worms. We love the detail about the history of the caves, how they were found and information about the life cycle of the glow worms. Thank you.

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