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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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Price is a bit high $48 for an Adult, we went there when they had a 20 percent discount. Must see attraction, worth it.

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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90 reviews 90 reviews
58 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Visited the Glowworm caves as it seemed to be one of the must do's in New Zealand. You will be brought about in groups smaller than 20 by a local guide. The guide I had was nice and friendly and informative. He showed us some interesting features and shared some stories with us of the cave. The walk is generally... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Cave was pretty young and so there are few stalagtites and stalagmites and it is essentially just a series of open caverns. The Guide treated us like we were young as well, which got pretty tiresome after a while given that there was no one under the age of 30 present. The caves are poorly lit, especially in areas... More

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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

You can never see too many limestone caves, they are all unique and especially amazing in this volcanic region. We toured the 3 main caves - Glowworm, Aranui and Ruakuri caves over 2 days with 3 very different guides - each convey a special connection with the heritage of the caves or their development. So listen carefully and take in... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I have been to an abandoned train tunnel very close to where i live which has thousands of glow worms in it. I therefore had high expectations of Waitomo Caves, as my friends and online reviews said it was the highlight of peoples trips to the north island of New Zealand. Before we entered into the glow worm section of... More

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Taumarunui
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Our friends and family of 14 attended this attraction, many for the first time. We were supported with a friendly team from initial phone contact, tickets and tour guide needs a wage raise. She was wonderful. The caves are well worth the visit to anyone who has the time. Try singing in there. Very educational too. Many thanks to you... More

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Bendigo, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

As far as a tourist attraction goes, I can definitely see why this appeals to the masses. The tour was lovely and relaxing and as far as caves go it was quite nice. The worms themselves were great, so peaceful floating in the boat looking up at the worms, and the staff were very knowledgeable, explaining the history of the... More

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Oslo
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was a bit hesitant to this adventure, but wauuu - I would do it again! Watching the glow worms was magic!! Great guides as well - thumbs up for this attraction!!

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Berkeley, California
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127 reviews 127 reviews
21 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I was skeptical before we visited - I've visited caves before and they are usually damp and drafty, interesting but unpleasant. And who wants to walk under a bunch of worms? Despite my misgivings we joined a smallish group(~15 people) for a later afternoon tour that was surprisingly low-key, informative, and amazingly beautiful. The whole tour is fairly short -... More

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Auckland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Drove from Auckland to Waitomo Caves on a whim last night, and visited the main Waitomo Glowworm Caves plus the Ruakuri Caves (paid for the combo) as a family of four. The level of knowledge, presentation, professionalism of the guides and these attractions was superb. The main Waitomo Glowworm Caves (with attached Café and visitors complex) is well kitted out... More

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