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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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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... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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 3 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 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a activity you could do in Winter and Summer. Was a little pricey but well worth the look. When showing us around I felt that it was very noisey. I couldn't hear because of other people talking and the back ground noise of children.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I travel a lot. During those trips we have stopped and toured many caves. Being in New Zealand and hearing "good" things about the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, all sounded interesting and unique...and promising. Well, "interesting" turned out to be the most accurate description. First and foremost, cave tours usually involve long, deep, and very unique scenery. That... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our trip! Such an amazing place for all ages. Our guide even sung for us in the cathedral of the cave! The final boat ride with thousands of glow worms was spectacular! Highly recommended!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The glowworm cave was so interesting to see. I love to take pictures so I was a little disappointed to learn we couldn't take any until the very end of the tour. But, I understand why. It would definitely take away from the experience if people were taking pictures with a flash. We also went to Aranui Cave. It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I never thought I'd drive 2+ hours to see some insect larvae, but it was well worth the trip. The tour is pretty quick, like 30 minutes, so time permitting, add on some additional sites, like the other caves. The glow worm cave tour was very interesting, and the tour guide gave the history of the cave. The highlight is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Guides were amazing and made the whole experience incredible, I can highly reccomend. Thank you Mee ka (I'm so sorry I can't quite remember the other guides name)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little tour, especially of an evening, as it adds to the ambience and feel of the place. No photos allowed inside, but a pretty impressive spectacle to remember and a wonderful guide.

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