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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 7-878 8227
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Combo Tour including Buffet Lunch
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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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39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 7-878 8227
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our guide was informative and humorous. It was a great tour, obviously highlighted by the boat trip out of the cave. Well worth the visit.

Thank apodave
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

First of all this is not really an attraction for children. Part of the tour should be in silence.....oh and there is also no photography allowed. The car park is precarious. It is set on a steep hill and is the one part of the...More

1  Thank sdc1701
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great caves which we really enjoyed. However we had a small toddler and unfortunately who got very scared at the dark boat ride at the end. Our fault and we ruined the tour when he decided to cry. If going with a small toddler best...More

Thank bfreisler
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was an extreme delight to have a tour in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves! No photography is allowed, but that’s okay because we are able to just soak ourselves in the atmosphere and not get carried away by taking pictures. The tour is generally dark,...More

1  Thank Ain S
Reviewed 5 days ago

The caves themselves are amazing and the tour was excellent. It was just a shame we had to share the experience with hundreds of other people (quite a few busloads) who were inconsiderate enough to not follow guidance on being quiet. I'd hate to see...More

Thank iancT4518RP
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A huge tourist attraction for when you are in/ passing by Waitomo. Tour guides were really good, and the caves them-self were remarkable! We were told when booking our tickets we could take photos, but at the entrance of the cave we were told we...More

Thank Nicholas D
Reviewed 6 days ago

what an experience this was i can tick it off my bucket list of things i wanted to do. i was so excited to do this and it didn't disappoint the guide we had was fantastic. the boat ride at the end was truely remarkable...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Amazing... beautiful... lovely.. Waitomo Gloweworm caves are simply magical. We loved it. This guided tour includes 10mins boat ride inside the cave. Unfortunately, You cannot take pictures of those lovely blue glowworms. You can buy combo tickets for Glowworm+ Aranui+ Ruakuri Caves. Each cave tour...More

Thank Maithili S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the 45 minute tour. The glow worms are magical and the caves are wonderful. However, it does move briskly and you travel with a lot of people. We did the Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga and I preferred that.

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was pretty pumped about this tour and it didn’t disappoint. The caves were beautiful and the boat ride was such an experience. It was to be totally silent so you can really deprive your senses to get the full effect of all the glowworms....More

Thank Larz1125
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Himanshu J
29 October 2017|
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Response from Gary M | Reviewed this property |
If you are talking about doing it in 1 day, sure it can be done but you won't get to spend much time at either one. I would suggest doing it over at least 2 days so you can enjoy it. I would pick Hobbiton over Waitomo... More
Himanshu J
Auckland to Hobbiton via Waitomo caves and return to Coromandel peninsula late evening? Hi guys! We will be touring New Zealand in January 2018 and Auckland will be our first destination. I would like to have your suggestions on one of the day out of our itinerary. Day (3rd day of trip) when we check out Auckland hotel early morning, we are planning a self drive to Waitomo glowworm caves and afternoon around 3pm, drive to Hobbiton filmset. And in the evening, instead of going back to Auckland as most of packages offer, we are planning a drive to Coromandel peninsula and check-in there for 2 nights, as we plan to spend next day there. We would like to have your suggestions in terms of - 1. Is 1 day enough for Glowworm caves and Hobbiton 2. How are road conditions from Hobbiton to Coromandel coast as we will be doing that drive late evening ( I guess ). And what time of day in evening it gets dark there ? ( January end ) 3. Where to book any entrance fees for both Waitomo Glowworm​ caves and Hobbiton filmset if applicable as packages we have seen they all include Auckland's hotel pick and drop, which we don't need. 4. Will that be too much of drive on single day from Auckland - Waitomo - Hobbiton - Coromandel ? thanks.
29 October 2017|
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Response from Angela T | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I can't answer all of your questions but if you leave Auckland early (it takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hrs driving) and do the caves in the morning then drive over to Matamata and do a late afternoon tour - that may be... More
22 October 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Its beautiful, but it is very closed in in some spots, and tight seating on the boats.