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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Address: 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
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+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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The caves are quite a drive from Auckland and if you opt for the basic tour only it lasts 45 minutes only. Yet, it left us spell bound. The whole experience is quite memorable and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely not as bright as I'd expected. Also the tour was quite brief (45 mins). The Raukuri Caves are a better alternative!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The caves are quite a drive from Auckland and if you opt for the basic tour only it lasts 45 minutes only. Yet, it left us spell bound. The whole experience is quite memorable and the guide was very interesting and entertaining. The facilities are well kept and caters very well for tourists. Parking can be a bit of an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I purchased a reservation to tour all 3 caves (Waitomo Glow worm cave, Ruakuri cave and the Aranui cave) on waitomo.com with the Triple Cave Tour package deal. Saw all 3 caves and some time to have lunch and shop at the gift store between 10am when I arrived by bus from Rotorua until my 4pm bus back to Auckland.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is like a Disney movie coming to life! It is beautiful! The tour takes about 45 min, they take you through the cave and they explain how it all came to be and in the last bit, you will sit on a small boat and they take u to the cave and you can watch the glowworm in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

we only had a short time in Waitomo so opted for just the basic tour - the glow worms are amazing to see, and our guide, Josh, added some humorous banter for a memorable experience :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been travelling around NZ for a month doing both islands and I've no doubts that the glowworm caves were my favourite paid activity in the whole country. I made the Rafting one and it was an unique experience. In comparison with other activities, the price is really affordable and the guides were awesome and proactive. It's really cold out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the Cave with 2 Children (7 and 10 years), and the whole family enjoyed the experience. the guide was great.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very friendly well informed staff. Beautiful natural place. Very educational. A MUST SEE in New Zealand, specially if you travel with children and elderly people or are rather short of time. Otherwise I would recommend the other more daring visits of the glowworm caves.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived there just before closing time, getting on the second last tour of the day which I think made it less crowded. Price tags are a bit steep and the commentary by the otherwise very friendly tour guide felt a bit too rehearsed and unnatural, but the the caves and the glow worms and the boat ride in total... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was my first trip to the Glowworm caves and for me it is now a must see for anyone in the area or travelling around the North Island of New Zealand. We arrived the night before and were able to book into an early morning tour which was not too bus, which allowed a quiet and relaxing tour even... More 

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