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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 7-878 8227
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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

We were able to visit all three main caves in one day as well as fit in the Ruakuri walk located off Carpark B (at the start of the Aranui cave tour) while waiting for one of the tours to start. Our guide for the...More

Thank kathy1966
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited the Waitomo Caves many years ago and were looking forward to the opportunity to see them again. Wow! From the moment our gentlemanly well-informed guide began to speak to our large group he had our rapt attention. Many nationalities among us but he...More

Thank Julie M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Waitomo Caves were an incredible sight to see. It was very short (about 30min total) and expensive, but if you have the time and are in the area I would highly suggest. If you want to see amazing caves, travel to Poland. They have incredible...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Loved the place ! It was like for a few minutes I was in a different world. Going there with Great Sights Tour made everything organized. The place was made even enjoyable and lovely because I could feel the heart and passion of people who...More

Thank Wendy K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's all about the glow-worms, and they are amazing. In almost 40 years of caving - I've never seen anything like it. Well worth the trip.

Thank R0062
Reviewed 5 days ago

Given the recent rains, we changed our tour from blackwater rafting to this Spellbound tour. This tour was also impacted by the rains, so the company offered to continue the walking portion of the tour without the rafting part and the price was adjusted accordingly....More

Thank LiveYourYBR
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Disappointed in the $50 45 minute glow worm tour that acually went for 30 minutes. Walking through the cave was interesting and learnt some facts, 10 minutes to get onto the boat and only 5 minutes or less looking at the glow worms. I think...More

Thank Langley94
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had originally planned to just do the 45 minute walk thru the caves but decided to upgrade to the float thru the caves. It was well worth it. Our guide was Rudy and he was informative, funny, and kept us safe the whole time....More

Thank LMcKinney27
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic tour through a lovely limestone cave. Our guide was very informative and provided lots of opportunities for us to stop for photos.

Thank ros2305
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a 2 hour drive from Rotorua to get here and it was well worth it! What a natural wonder! The caves were spectacular and the glow worms just breathtaking! However, a major part of the enjoyment is being able to look at the...More

Thank Humpyfamily
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14 June 2017|
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Response from BrianInAuckland | Reviewed this property |
We went there in mid February this year, still summer season, but during the school term. We bought tickets on the day and did the first tour, in a group of 15 to 20 people. It seems likely that you can still get tickets... More
yuri c
4 June 2017|
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Response from MattyAspinall | Reviewed this property |
The glow worms turn their "light" off when flash photography is used. So I would suggest that's a no. A person on my tour got growled at for trying to take photos.
Rachel S
8 May 2017|
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Response from david_west_nz | Reviewed this property |
Google "glow worm caves New Zealand". One of the first link lists 6 locations all across NZ. As a kid we went searching for glow worms in the bush and I still do it with my kids today. Last year I went back to Waitomo... More