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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
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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THE WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES World renowned and a magnet for both local and...

THE WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES 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 our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance. Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history. THE BOAT RIDE 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. RUAKURI CAVE Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to the glowworms. ARUANUI CAVE Aranui Cave is a magical, mystical place that is steeped in Maori myth and legend. Just inside the entrance is a colony of native New Zealand cave wetas and further into the cave is the most beautiful collection of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations.

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It's been a few years since I've been to Waitomo. A lots changed and a lot has stayed the same. The caves are a lovely experience. The new buildings and Centre is well designed... read more

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

While this is not the only cave that houses glowworms in the world, it is pretty close. I believe these bio-luminescent insects (they're actually the larval form of a gnat, not worms, but apparently the name glowworms sounded better than glow gnats) are only found in a few places in New Zealand and Australia. Anyway, the tour of Waitomo Cave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We booked the dual Waitomo / Ruakuri Caves tours online and found the experience to be efficient and flexible, as we modified our timing onsite to suit our plans on the day. We had last seen Waitomo Caves over 30 years ago and found the update to be OK but considered the first time visit to Ruakura Caves to be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's been a few years since I've been to Waitomo. A lots changed and a lot has stayed the same. The caves are a lovely experience. The new buildings and Centre is well designed and makes for a seamless journey. What I particularly liked was the nature of the tour guides that made it feel customized to you and very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The only reason this would not be rated as 'Excellent' is that is overpriced. Fascinating and unique and guide was most informative. Well organised and obviously a most popular venue for tourists; very busy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You should DEFINITELY include the Waitomo Caves in your tour around the North Island of New Zealand. Seat back and enjoy a view you will never forget entirely provided by nature! For me it was like seen a galaxy! Vc DEFINITIVAMENTE deve incluir as cavernas de Waitomo em seu tour pela Ilha do Norte da Nova Zelândia. Sente-se e relaxe,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took our 1 year old on this adventure thinking it would be ok. Unfortunately when you get in the boat it is very dark and despite all the tricks she cried. The glow worms stayed out for all to see but we felt bad for her (and others) as there is no escape!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We only did the short visit with the boat ride at the end but it was lovely. Could have done a 1 1/2 hr trip or 3 hr one. We saw parts of the cave with our guide then onto boats in darkness to see the amazing cavern of glowworm before sailing out of cave exit. We even sang happy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

All photography, flash or not is not allowed. I've got Trypophobia and couldn't stand the glowing array of dots during the boat ride but my friends were in captivated by the experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour begins with a short walk into and around the cave. It was not huge or extensive. The guide sang a Maori song in the "dome" of the cave known for its acoustic which was beautiful. It then ends with the waitomo caves glowworm grotto boat ride which was amazing. A better feel of exploring the caves and witness... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Waitomo Caves were amazing. Easy to maneuver, very educational, and one of very few places in the world you can see the glowworms. The tour not only included a guided walk thru the caves, but also a underground boat ride. neither children nor seniors should have any issues at this location.

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