Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves
4
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 glowworms above as you glide silently by boat through the glowworm grotto. Many of our current guides are descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. 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.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Pamz
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Waitomo Caves
May 2021 • Couples
Just been to Waitomo Caves. So impressed by the guide and the whole experience. Easy walking and enough light to see where you’re going. Then stunning silence, darkness and millions of tiny lights reflecting on the water. Guide pulls the boat through on a cable. Just beautiful.
Written 13 May 2021
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WCOB
Paekakariki, New Zealand367 contributions
Iconic boat ride
May 2021 • Solo
It's been many years since I last visited. It was enjoyable as there were only nine people on the tour. The guide was informative and friendly. The boat ride in the dark so you can get a good view of the glowworms was the highlight. Unfortunately, there are no photos allowed in the cave
Written 6 May 2021
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Melanie Minky Whale
Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions
Magical must do!
Our experience underground in the Waitomo Glowworm caves was beyond exceptional. Our guide Moi was fantastic from start to finish - from the Maori blessing, to the local history, to the limestone facts, to the stirring waita as we emerged from the caves on our boat. The caves themselves were incredible - the glowworms were magical. Us along with our two young children LOVED this tour. This is not to be missed when you’re in Waitomo or passing through!
Written 30 April 2021
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Frank
16 contributions
Excellent time
Apr. 2021 • Family
Amazing place! Moi was a great and fun guide and had a real passion for the caves.The price is phenomenal for all the memories made. I would recommend this to anyone that would like an adventure!
Written 24 April 2021
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1999Anabel
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
Waitomo caves
It was wonderful to see the glow worms during the very short boat trip - almost surreal. It’s an outstanding international tourist spot. I was astonished that this rather expensive tour - the thankfully silent boat tour of the glow worms lasts about 7 minutes, before the 50 minutes in the caves - could be guided by someone who prattled on about how guiding was done in the distant past, and who relayed boring and jumbled personal anecdotes. Such a lost opportunity to learn about glow worms and the caves - of which he knew very little and much of that was inaccurate - such as only Australia and NZ had glow worms! A lost opportunity for NZ tourism and a sabotaging of a potentially wonderful experience. I can’t understand why the guide Glen - whom I’m sure is a very nice person - was not given a script. People are coming from all around the world and would expect a more professional and informative experience. Also it’s so tiresome for a guide to sneer about Aucklanders on the tour. When a guide is so prejudiced about people from their country’s own city how will they react to people from overseas? To remain competitive this needs more professionalism - from the ticket office, photographer and guide.
Written 8 April 2021
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Kat B
Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
Magical Experience
Apr. 2021
A magical experience deep underground, seeing some wonderful sights. Moi our host was fantastic and gave us an informative yet fun tour of these beautiful historic caves. There are some steep steps deep underground, so if you're not very mobile it may be tricky, especially getting into the boat at the end.
Written 5 April 2021
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Jesse Woodcock
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Amazing
Apr. 2021 • Couples
We absolutely loved the tour! Corey was amazing and was so passionate about it which made it so much more special. He was fun and informative and was just a really nice person in general. would definitely recommend for anyone who has been thinking about going, to do it! We're so glad we did! Thank you Corey for guiding us and teaching us more about our country and the history of the area!!
Written 4 April 2021
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Cushla F
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
Glow worms and caves stunning
Mar. 2021 • Family
Our 4 year old daughter loved the glow worm cave tour and boat ride. The tour was an hour but it moved quickly enough that she didn't get bored. Definitely safe for young children to do. Lots of steps but really safe.
Written 30 March 2021
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Ralph W
33 contributions
55 years since last visit
I was last here as a kid with my parents.

This visit was absolutely fantastic. Guide Hiria was truly amazing. Showed a genuine interest in every individual person. Made us all feel really welcome. Thorough knowledge and a stunning singing voice in the cathedral cave. What a lovely lady.
Highly recommend taking the time to see all the gloworms on the boat trip.
Excellent.
Written 25 March 2021
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Jane
Amsterdam5 contributions
Incredible experience
Feb. 2021
Climbing down into a cave isn't something that I thought I would ever do. I was slightly nervous but it was so worthwhile. The climb down, and the walk through the cave wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was very easy and enjoyable. Katie (our guide) was really supportive and made everyone at ease. It was incredibly fun. The best part for me was the group singing happy birthday to me, in the dark, while we're all floating under the glow worms. It was a surreal experience. Highly recommend.
Written 5 March 2021
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