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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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Great place as you get caves, glow worms and a boat trip.

We went on a hot summers day just as it started to rain. Lovely and cool and dry in the caves. I've never seen glow worms before so quite new to me. Our guide was very good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Guided by an very friendly and slowly speaking Man we were introduest to Specials of these species and I had learned that they are very different to those back home. Then we went downstairs into the Cave and were told to be quiet. And this is very important!!!!! Because while you are sitting in boat in the dark and all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I felt transported to a different world during this tour. It is truly amazing. You sort of forgot you were in a cave... It was like gazing deep into a distant galaxy of stars... I was a little sceptical as we waited for our tour as there were a LOT of people and we really aren't into the mass tourism... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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The caves are well worth the visit, the stalactite caves are just spectacular, but the glow worm cave is just beyond anything I have seen before. I love that it is all so beautifully maintained by the operators. And the tours guides really know their stuff which makes the experience so much more fascinating. I loved this and will definitely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on a hot summers day just as it started to rain. Lovely and cool and dry in the caves. I've never seen glow worms before so quite new to me. Our guide was very good telling us about the worms and caves and then creating a lovely atmosphere by getting us to just sit in the darkness in... More 

Thank Pam S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We really enjoyed these caves. It feels like you entered another world when your boat enters the lake and the walls glow blue around you. Not to be missed, I'd go for the second time if we travel to NZ again!

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We travelled quite a way to get to the caves and must admit I was a bit disappointed. The tour was really interesting and our tour guide was really knowledgeable. The glow worms where just like Christmas tree lights but more of them, really nice. The problem was the waiting, the tours are a bit like a conveyor belt, one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The walk down the stairs to the underground river accompanied by an informative guide was good. The highlight was the boat trip where you looked up to see hundreds of thousands of glowworms. Getting 20% off the entrance fee with a voucher from a free tourists' guide was another plus.

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Visited the Glow worm caves in April on a road trip from Auckand to Rotorua. Great place to explore and stretch your legs. Hardly any queues, quick to purchase our tickets and waited 15 min for the next tour to start. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and humorous. The highlight is seeing the glow worms and enjoying the coolness... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Being in a tight schedule,I was originally hoping to do the rafting tour. Unfortunately, I was late into Waitomo so had to settle with the basic cave tour. That being said, it was a great experience! The inside of the cave is an easy walk and the highlight is, of course, the boat ride with the worms. It is incredible... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was short of time so I took the 45min guided trip. The guide was engaging and informative. However, I was not bowled over by the trip. Maybe I have been in to many caves?

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