Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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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.
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< 1 hour
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Liz_Mo1982
Auckland Central, New Zealand80 contributions
It is short tour (~50 mins) through relatively short length of cave. The main cave is lit up with lights meaning you can see all the stalagtites really well.
The tour guide was a descendant of the first Māori family that did tours through the cave. Tour was informative and the guide was great.
The cathedral is really impressive high ceiling part of cave. The boat ride itself was very short of not much more than 5 minutes and no where near as many glow worms as expected may see based on promo pictures of the cave. As a New Zealander should definitely see this cave once but I wouldn’t go again.
I did the ruakuri cave also which i preferred and would recommend over the waitomo cave tour if you could only do one.
Written 1 May 2022
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shazza1985
Waipawa, New Zealand49 contributions
It’s a shame the caves have to be so commercial. The concrete pathways, barriers and lights really ruin the “caving” experience. The cave itself is great, but we would prefer something more rustic and natural, we wouldn’t go back.
Written 30 April 2022
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand434 contributions
Apr. 2022
The car park is down a steep hill but there was plenty of spaces available but the small kids had trouble walking up the steep hill to get to the path for entry. Great set up with the walkway going under the road which makes it safe. Looks really well set up and bathrooms were clean. Elderly would struggle getting to the entrance.

I think I was underwhelmed as I had done a glow worm cave in the south island, but the tour was really well done, the tour guide was a young man was friendly and funny. The stairs are easy to manage, but trying to keep two small children silent was hard as they wanted to say wow and count the stairs etc which made it a bit annoying trying to keep them silent. The cathedral cave part was really nice and i really enjoyed that part. The boat ride for me was boring as there were not many gloworms at all. I was expecting a lot more, but thats because of the caves in Charleston which had set a very high benchmark. I guess Waitomo has other caves which deliver a better experience, but I wouldnt do the basic one again.

The small cafe afterwards is a nice spot on a sunny day for a coffee or ice-cream.

Felt the price was expensive for what we got to see.
Written 29 April 2022
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Debi W
Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
Apr. 2022
The glowworms are amazing and watching them from the silence of the boat gliding along in the dark with only the sound of dripping water was like being in a fantasy movie.
Our guide was really informative and kept us amused. He told us how territorial the glowworms are and showed us some dead ones - I was surprised how big they are.
Walking through the caves, up and down stairs, it was warm enough that I didn't require a sweatshirt although they say the temperature is usually 16 C.
It was well worth the price and the trip. The entrance is about 3 minutes drive past the I-site building and they recommend you arrive half an hour early especially in busy times.
Written 24 April 2022
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Panav
Lower Hutt, New Zealand15 contributions
It was a great experience, one of the best activities in New Zealand. Our guides Alistar and Kit were amazing. They were really informative, helpful, fun and professional.
Written 17 April 2022
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JennyForbes
30 contributions
We went on the 1 hour guided tour of the Waitomo caves. Our guide Glen was interesting to listen to with lots of facts and stories. Really enjoyed it.
Written 13 April 2022
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Michelle W
Auckland, New Zealand111 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples
We were lucky enough to be on a tour with only a few other people and got a great talk from our guide. A magical place to visit.
Written 12 April 2022
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Claire A
1 contribution
Mar. 2022
We bought gift vouchers online for a family member to enjoy the experience only to find that in the small print the voucher could only be redeemed in the gift shop. Poorly advertised and very disappointing as the value was enough for a family of 4 to enjoy a trip. Far too much money to spend in an average gift shop. This left a very bitter taste.
Written 26 March 2022
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KiwiExplorers
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand40 contributions
Dec. 2021
Amazing limestone structures and views of glow worms. For the budget or time conscious, this tour takes about 45 minutes and is was the cheapest cave to explore. For us personally, the highlight of this tour was our guide. The informative commentary he provided about the geology of the caves was fascinating and he also had an extensive knowledge of the cultural significance and history as well. He also ensured everybody had viewing opportunities. Check out the combo's available for entry to the other caves too. We have also seen the Ruakuri Cave and would highly recommend that too.
Written 1 January 2022
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Patrick W
Auckland Central, New Zealand32 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
Our host Richard and facilities were great. Awesome to see the caves underground and learning about the glow worms, and the history of the caves. Thought it would be an hour long but it was rather quick at 45mins. Do wish parents would keep their toddlers quiet, as we are told to be as quiet as possible in the caves
Written 1 January 2022
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