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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
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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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On my second trip to New Zealand I finally made time for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

We took the boat ride through the caves to see the glow worms in action. A fun family adventure not requiring any extreme sports or exercise to see the sight. Staring at the glow... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Andover, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took the boat ride through the caves to see the glow worms in action. A fun family adventure not requiring any extreme sports or exercise to see the sight. Staring at the glow worms above you as you float along the river was a 2001: A Space Odyssey experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went to the Waitomo Glowworm Cave with my family. The tour was composed of 2 parts. First, our guide brought a group of us, about 30 persons, to walk into the cave of limestone. One has to see to believe, the beauty of the stones/pillars inside the cave was beyond description. The 2nd part was to take a boat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a great visit during the New Zealand winter because there was no crowd, and we enjoyed smaller groups. We used coupons from the Auckland Airport Visitor booklet to get the best price possible. Plan on interesting facts about the Glowworms from your guides, and nice cave formations in the Waitomo Cave. However, to make the best of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing structures. We were lucky that there was a three-part harmony singing group in the tour party before us who sang beautifully in the Cathedral cave. Nice to have a tour guide descended from the original explorers of the caves.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We don't know how to describe the glow worms...simply amazing! And the cave was rather posh, with the very nice wide and even flooring, very secure ladders and boat. The rains made the full route through the cave impassible, so that was a disappointment. Definitely would see this again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

At the end of a school holiday road trip went with our 2 young children (7 and 10) on a trip to the Glowworm Caves. The guide was very friendly and informative. The tour was fairly quick, with a short boat ride, but about the right length I felt to see the main attraction, and maintain the kids interest. Enjoyed... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When you are deep underground in a cave floating through silently on a boat you actually can't believe what you are looking at. Thousands of tiny glow worms light up your way. Completely and utterly magical.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Glow Worm caves are neat, but nothing special. We paid for the boat tour and were glad we got that package instead of a longer tubing or zip lining thing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were undecided what to do when we turned up, there are quite a few options. We were tempted by the black water rapids but as it was cold and rainy outside we decided to stay dry! We did the combo with Ruakuri and the main glow worm cave. Ruakuri was much more impressive and appears more natural and less... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are going to visit Waitomo , the Glowworm Caves must surely be on your agenda .... unless you've already had this particular magical , almost mystical , experience , and are now seeking some alternatives in Waitomo's several other underground caverns . However , if you are wondering if the Glowworm Cave is worth the time and the... More 

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