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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Address: 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-878 8227
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Too much hype, so didn't live up to our expectations

Beautiful stalactite and stalagmite display, and the glow worm caves were beautiful. But there was a family with small children who kept crying (afraid of the dark, maybe) and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Saar, Bahrain
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Saar, Bahrain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Beautiful stalactite and stalagmite display, and the glow worm caves were beautiful. But there was a family with small children who kept crying (afraid of the dark, maybe) and that pretty much ruined the experience for us. There should be some restrictions on allowing small children.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Several attractions in one with Waitomo Caves but we went to the glowworm experience. People if you have a disability or trouble walking this is not for you. Our tour started on the very top of the cave taking steep steps down towards the bottom where you then experience a quiet boat ride back to the exit. My wife has... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Great from start to finish! Thorough information and details about the history of the caves. Our guide was very clear and friendly. Took 45 minutes in total, great value. Was interesting to learn about glow worms and their existence, truly beautiful and mesmerising seeing star like features (glow worms) on the caves above when travelling on the boat! You'd be... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

loved seeing the caves and glow worms, just be aware that you have to wait for the next tour when you get there even though you booked online. Was very crowded and people in other tours were loud and rude. The staff were great but the tourists ruined it for me

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Budapest, Hungary
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

The cave system at Waitomo is nice with lots of dripstones, but nothing that you cannot see in a lot of other countries (Hungary has lots of dripstone caves). What makes it special are the glowworms. In a small section above the river you can marvel at them in the dark. Amazing how they form various constellations. So it is... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Tour of cave is interesting but most spectacular are the little glowing worms themselves. You'll get in a small boat and be moved around in a small area to view the "lights". No photos are allowed. There is a small cafe area but it closes somewhat early so you might want to get food somwehere else in town. A must... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Went on a Topdeck Tour and we went there at night as a part of the free time activity. It was so bizzare and cool at the same time. Our guides gave us the whole presentation and only at the end when they explained why are they glowing I got disgusted and amused all in one... Not gonna tell but... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We stopped off here on our way back to Auckland after touring the North Island and so glad that we did. The caves are awesome and we had a good guide who explained everything really well. The highlight for us was the boat ride looking up at all the glow worms - words can't describe it. every one should visit... More 

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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

An absolutely breathtaking experience, which you unfortunately cannot capture due to not being able to take photos. We abided by not taking photos as we were told we could take some at the end of the tour, which was outside the caves and no good to anyone! We purchased a badly photoshopped photo taken before we entered the caves. Definitely... More 

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Pender Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We were doing our own self driving tour and it was highly recommended to go here by a friend. We were not disappointed.......the guide was good, the boat ride in the silence with us all looking up at the glow worms was an incredible experience.

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