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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
09:00 - 17:00
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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 only downside to this was that our tour guide was still in training and doing his first tour with just a supervisor. HOWEVER that is the only reason I have put 4/5... read more

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Matakana, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

That was my first time at the Waitomo glowworms caves and I must say it was worth it. We all loved it and it was very peaceful too. If you are in the Waikato, this is worth the detour.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went on the 45 minute tour with partner at the beginning of this month. It was awesome to see the cave, it's formations and of course the glow worms. Our tour guide was well informed even though she sounded like she learned her text and would just repeat it over and over. The cave was crowded and at some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The only downside to this was that our tour guide was still in training and doing his first tour with just a supervisor. HOWEVER that is the only reason I have put 4/5 stars. The caves are beautiful and the tour very informative. As for the glowworm section, it's like you're in another world. You are not allowed to take... More 

Thank Kristina K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A wonderful trip with a good guide who gave us lots of interesting information on the area and the caves. This is a small group trip avoiding the crowds well worth the extra cost. The glow worms are amazing and were abundant.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our group toured the caves, starting with a view of the stalactite and stalagmite formations. At times, groups of people passed each other in the low light as the next tour group filled the space left by the previous one. We were told that we should not take photographs. But for a price, they will be glad to photoshop your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A must do for anyone in New Zealand. The caves were absolutely amazing and even the 45 min tour was well worth the visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Albeit a bit short in my opinion, it was still a good family outing. My 6 year old son loved it. The guide was excellent with his radio voice, the cave was beautiful and the cafe serves good food.

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is well worth visiting the caves and seeing the glow from the glow worms. The caves themselves are well worth seeing our guide said that concerts have been held here and I can imagine the acoustics would be wonderful. The boat ride to see the glow worms was like looking up at a starry night through a forest canopy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The experience was more than we expected, it was nothing like we have ever seen before, highly recommend this place if you visit north island in NZ!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must do if you're visiting NZ or are a kiwi who hasn't explored your backyard. Fantastic organisation.

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