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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour provided by Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 07/31/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Covid Practices: We will be requesting all visitors sign in upon arrival for contact tracing, we will be maintaining social distancing and implementing cleaning practices throughout the day as well as hand sanitizer
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Updated 07/31/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
New Zealand's natural beauty goes far below the surface, as you'll discover on this guided tour of the Waitomo Caves. The underground cave complex is home to millions of glowworms and spectacular formations, like the Cathedral Cave. Your guide will tell you all about the natural forces at work in the cave, on a tour that's fun and informative for both adults and kids.
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Waitomo Caves
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    Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    Discover your moment of magic in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour. Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history.World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as the expert guides provide informative commentary on their historical and geological significance to the region. Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveler. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 125 years of cultural and natural history. Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cave famous for its spectacular formations and acoustics. Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way.
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You'll end at
Waitomo Caves
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  • Tour the caves on foot and on a boat
  • Be amazed by one of New Zealand's must-see attractions
  • Learn about the geological and historical background of the Waitomo Caves
  • Tours depart at various times, so you can choose one to suit your schedule
Important Information
Departure Point
Waitomo Caves, Waitomo Caves, Waitomo District, Waikato Region, North Island
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Bring comfortable waking shoes and a warm jacket
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jacqui P wrote a review Sep 20
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand73 contributions19 helpful votes
This is a call to all NZers who have always intended to visit the caves but have never gotten around to it! Not only do we (who still have jobs) need to support our fellow man BUT with international visitors at an all time low there are great experiences to be had without the
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Sue wrote a review Sep 18
Whangarei, New Zealand6 contributions
Great tour and great guide who had a vast amount of knowledge of the caves. The glow worms are amazing. The boat ride was magical. This is a great time to go as the caves and surrounding areas are uncrowded. Would highly recommend
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Date of experience: September 2020
KaritaneMartin wrote a review Sep 1
Wellington, New Zealand132 contributions12 helpful votes
Spontaneous decision to do the gloworm cave tour. On line booking system worked well. Clear instructions about arrival time. System to check in was efficient. Knowledgeable guide, good sharing of information. Cave is amazing and the gloworms are an incredible sight.
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Museumbabe wrote a review Sep 1
Greater Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions
This was a fantastic tour! The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly! She made the tour very enjoyable and we learnt lots!
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Date of experience: August 2020
jimmeyz wrote a review Aug 2020
Wellington, New Zealand41 contributions9 helpful votes
A group of 3 of us visited in August 2020. The tour groups were small due to the current COVID situation, which provided a unique opportunity to explore the caves in an un-crowded setting. Our guide Huia was awesome, friendly and knew a whole bunch about the history of the
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Hoping it hasn't changed much because it was tremendous
I toured the caves in 1993, but I still remember it as a great adventure. After donning our wet suits, we were taug
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carol J
Our very own underworld with little glow worms
Now is the time to go with no overseas tourists.The guide was very friendly and informative leading us through the
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Caves aren't worth it.
I took the tour that included the Glowworm Caves, followed by Rotorua Village and the Geothermal Valley. Although I
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This was a unique, awe-inspiring experience. It is very well done & maintained. Note: this may not be suitable for
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Awesome experience
The ticket price is worth it. I took my daughter, younger brother and nephew and they loved it as did I. Recommend
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A must for all.
As a late sixties Kiwi who has never been here before I believe all New Zealanders should visit here if they can, s
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Stunning natural features
Great day at Waitomo Glowworm Caves today. Suitable for and enjoyed by all ages. Amazing to see so many glow worms
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I’d love to say we loved the caves, but try as we might (..& we tried MIGHTY hard) it seemed quite impossible to ge
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A natural wonder. Must see. Kids in awe. “Like a starry sky.” Guide was very friendly and welcoming.
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Amazing experience
What an amazing experience this was. These caves were incredibly fascinating. So beautiful yet so strange. There ar
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Surreal and stunning
Absolutely loved this experience. It was surreal being underneath the surface of the earth on a rubber ring floatin
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Stunning visit
This was a fair way off our route round North Island, but we were glad we made the effort. Not recommended for anyo
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As beautiful as seeing the glowworms is, and the caves ofc, experience really could better. I understand, it is a
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Bob H
Waitomo Glowworm Caves,
My wife and I went on this excursion and had a fantastic time. Part of the excursion was walking through the caves
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Glow worms
This is an amazing experience. The tour takes you inside the caves then they turn the lights out then you get to se
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Key Details
  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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