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Waitomo Glowworm Caves: Tours & Tickets

Open Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves have been guided since 1889 and occupy a high place in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. Stare in wonder at the thousands of illuminating...more
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39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

nice and enjoyable but far to get to, and very overpriced for whats included. the host was entertaining

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ELCLAN23
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was my second trip to the Glow Worm Caves (the last one being 25 years ago). More commercialised now but I think the money spent is worth the preservation of this unique spot and experiences. A little short for the money (I would have...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank NatMc100
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We all loved the glow worm caves tour. From the first steps down into the caves it was a spectacular experience, enhanced when our youngest took up the guide’s offer to sing in the Cathedral section. I loved the boat trip into the glow worm...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank GeorgeHulbert
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This tour was a great, easy going tour on our way to Rotorua. Our guide was informative and engaging the entire time. The glow worms are absolutely beautiful! Disappointed that you cannot take any pictures (even without flash) but understandable. So angry to learn that...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Jade P
Reviewed 4 days ago

Without having to deal with useless customer service from Chante. Skip the Waitomo caves - tourists are just trafficked through and guides disinterested - go to the other Ruakuri caves (much quieter) for a more authentic experience. Our guide Kelly was really good. Cafe had...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ausaudy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a great activity. It is more than just floating through the cave! BUT, it's achievable for most people. Think of it as low key caving, with short rests in their inner tube. The guides are great. Keep an open mind, and have fun!

Thank 450JenniferB
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We completed the Black Abyss tour this October and it was so much fun! Our guides George and Nikki were incredible - they were funny, knowledgeable, kind and made us feel extremely safe for the whole trip. The tour was about 3 to 4 hours...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank J D
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour is an excellent experience that includes a discussion of Maori history and fascinating information on the caves themselves and the lifecycle of the glowworms. The tour guide was wonderful. The tour is also supposed to conclude with a silent boat...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ruinsgal
Reviewed 5 days ago

You don't think you will be amazed, but you totally are! A good guide led us through the caves, where you see a few glow worms, and their strange stringy goo, that catches their food. Then the guide leads you to the boat that is...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank CandRTravelers
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello and thank you for taking the time to place feedback. We are glad you had a wonderful experience with us at the caves. Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again!

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Thoroughly recommend the Ruakuri Cave and Glowworm Cave combo to get the best of both worlds...loads of glow worms and fabulous cave formations. Both guides, George and Marvin were superb - informative and quite funny. Excellent day out with my 7 year old. Thoroughly recommend...More

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Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to place feedback on us. We are glad you had a wonderful experience with us at the caves and are glad that you got to visit two of our caves, they all have their qualities! Thank you...More

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15 September 2019|
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Response from AnniceC2013 |
Thank you and hope to ask if the prices purchasing when on site and online price are the same ?
12 September 2019|
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Response from stuartlister | Reviewed this property |
A lot more than 9. Ignore the answer about inner tubes. It is an option from speciality tour operator but most people use the boats.
27 August 2019|
Response from joaniebinedinburgh | Reviewed this property |
Hi my husband and son went through the legendary black water rafting company and they seemed really good. Only annoying thing was I booked in advance. but if I’d waited until we got there then the tourist leaflets had a 10... More