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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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The tour was amazing. We had a nice guide, who explained the cycle life of the Glowworm and also the relationship between the cave and the Maori culture. The only bad thing is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Pucon, Chile
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Waitomo Glowworm Caves are world-renowned natural wonder and one of the main attractions of New Zealand. Several thoughtful excursions to choose from, convenient infrastructure and a restaurant with a large and tasty portions. A great place where you can spend one or two days.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If you were only to visit one cave, I recommend the Ruakuri over Waitomo. You will still get to the glow worms also so much more. The Waitomo tour did include a boat ride but once I knew what the glow came from, I was less keen to be under so much of it for so long. Also this particular... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Like the recent reviewer from Germany said, it was so so at best. I had very high expectations from the other TA comments.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most wonderful places I've ever been to, highly recommended. If you're around Waitomo you must go there.

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Darmstadt, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The cave is not that big and is not that cool either, at some point you get into a small boat to get out of the cave while you see the worms glowing above you...

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Boerne, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We are used to tubing down the river back home, but not cave tubing, with glow worms! This was such a cool (and sometimes cold) experience! Jumping off waterfall in the dark, relying on your other senses, and just relaxing and staring at the gorgeous, gorgeous glow above you. It can't even be described! I'd go again in a heartbeat,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We did the Cave World cave tubing in the Waitomo caves with another couple and our guide Rich who shared a wealth of information. The caves were dark and cold but our wetsuits kept the cold at bay. It was amazing to see the glowworms all over the roof of the caves and the water drop and water slides made... More 

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Pucon, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The tour was amazing. We had a nice guide, who explained the cycle life of the Glowworm and also the relationship between the cave and the Maori culture. The only bad thing is, the groups are running with the time because the next groups are coming.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Before I started planning my short visit to the Auckland area I had never heard of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. I found it as an addition to the Flexi Tour I was already planning to Hobbiton. I was so glad I did. I must admit I was a bit nervous climbing down all the stairs into the bowels of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We did two cave tours and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The glow warm caves were our absolute favourite...was so magical

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