We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Address: 39 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7 878 8227
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Private Tour
$289*
and up
Private Tour: Waitomo Caves and The Lord of the...
Top Rated
$642*
and up
2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and...
79%
Ranked #14 of 18 Attractions in Waitomo Caves
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, White-water rafting
Owner description: The world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves amaze with thousands of...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, White-water rafting
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Write a Review

1,205 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    588
    370
    147
    63
    37
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 NEW

We went on a tour of the Waitomo glowworm caves and the best part is definitely the boat ride. The tour starts with a walk around the caves with information provided throughout and then there is a boat ride. You basically sit in a little boat in complete silence and the tour guide steers the boat with ropes. You are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

We did the three caves it was expensive but if you only intend on doing it once it's ok. we did the Ruakuri cave first which has a bit of everything glow worms, Stalactites and Stalagmites. Our guide was very good and informative. I was a little concerned that it might be a bit small but there is plenty of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Was totally beautiful and the guide gave really good info but I was surprised at how short the actual glow worm boat ride was. Main issue: I took my 4 yr old (had to pay unlike most places under 5 free) and 2 yr old who were amazed and whispering 'wow' and wanting to ask me questions but the guides... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

As part of our package, we did this boat ride after our Ruakuri caves tours. The waitomo cave tour had larger groups and did not allow photography (which is strange as w were allowed photography at the Ruakuri cave tour). This tour is mainly a boat ride through a cave full of glow worms - or more precisely glow larvae.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

I've been in other cave attractions and many of them are tourist traps. This one is a step above. While the cave portion of the tour is relatively short, you do have the opportunity to see all of the typical cave formations. The highlight is the glow worms (bioluminescent larvae of a fly). This portion of the tour is on... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Marsascala, Malta
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

You will struggle to see anything similar somewhere else in the world so I'd suggest you do it. We did it on our way from Auckland to Rotorua which is a great drive. We opted for the 45 minute/1 hour cave tour which is the basic option. The group was an ok size, not too crowded and the tour leader... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Really pretty tour but quite quick. Great to see glow worms but not caves.Definitely combine this with another tour of caves. I did Ruakiri with 11yr old son. If you've travelled to see the glow worms, see them in a cave tour as well.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Barcelona, Spain
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

You have to see some glowworms in NZ. Waitomo is probably the best place. I took the glowworm tour and then did cave tubing (black labyrinth). The ticket salesperson indicated that was the best option.IMHO, you can do the cave tubing and that is enough. The glowworm cave is not as big, but the experience is fun and enough in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Glasgow
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

When my wife suggested detouring to see The Waitomo caves, I was sceptical but shouldn't have been,it was a great experience. From the beauty of the caves to the knowledge of the guide, it was a very worthwhile experience. The access is good and the physical effort is not too strenuous so should suit all ages. Highly recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Connecticut
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Unlike anything I have ever seen before. The facility is so well maintained and the guides were informative and friendly. After walking into the caves and getting a history of the area you are brought to your boat. Around 10 people and one guide and they ask for silence on the 15 minute ride because what you see will amaze... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Waitomo Glowworm Caves also viewed

Waitomo Caves, Waikato Region
 

Been to Waitomo Glowworm Caves? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Waitomo Glowworm Caves and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Waitomo Glowworm Caves staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?