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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Glowwurm Cave Tour : Total ripp-off! Its a nice Cave but the Price is not reasonable! You could do the Tour in 10min, but to justify the Price, you stop and Look and Look and See and See...:-)...no photos or Videos allowed, they photoshop you in (in a bad way ;-))... That says everything! ;-) Labyrinth tour: We did the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We got stuck for time so did not go to the longer cave tours. This was a great option as you get to see the different cave formations and the glowworms are spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We booked our “Black Labyrinth” black water rafting activity with The Black-Water Rafting Co. The guides were enthusiastic, funny and simply amazing. The activity involves floating in a wet suit on an inner tube down a river that flows through the Ruakuri Cave. The highlight for me was leaping off two small waterfalls and then floating through a long, glowworm-covered... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

A very long bus ride from Auckland to the caves (like 4-5 hours). The tour itself was maybe 10-15 minutes long and while it was an "ok" experience, it was highly overpriced since you can't even take photos (not even without flash) or use a video camera (not even without infrared). This is because they want to sell you their... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We visited this cave after Ruakuri Cave, the guide we had for this one was ok but not nearly as good as the 1st Cave, the entry is stunning (photos not allowed) which is a shame because it's beautiful, glowworm cave also pretty but we were a bit packed into the boat to go through this area, still worth a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The glowworm caves were really special. Photos can't capture what it looks like in the caves with all the glowworms, but I don't need a picture to remember. Even though I'm writing this review over 5 years from the time I visited, I've always been able to remember what it looked like in the caves with the thousands of glowworms... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

They dont look cute like the ones from the 80's with a night cap but its still cool! Want to go see some caves and starry nights at the same time. Waitomo Glowworms caves is for you. Our guide was really informative and had some great stories. Surrounding town isnt all that great but caves are worth diving into for... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

My husband and I stopped at Waitomo on our way from Taupo to Auckland. We visited all three caves and found the main cave to be the least interesting. Maybe we were a bit bored by then with the description of how caves are formed, etc. but we found it overrated. Yes, the glowworms are interesting but since it had... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I think it was a wonderful place. surely something different from what we have in Fiji. However, it was a bummer that photo's weren't allowed. There are other tours included and several packages to choose from. Caves are very cold.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was the third time I have been in the Caves. This time it was with our daughter and grandchildren early in September this year. Our grandchildren range in age 4, 7 and 9 years old. They are known to be very noisy! But here they were spellbound and very quiet on the boat trip under the glowworms. The guide... More

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