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Waitomo Spellbound Glowworm and Cave Tour Full Day from/to Rotorua provided by Thermal Shuttle - Waitomo Tours (from/to Rotorua)

Waitomo Spellbound Glowworm and Cave Tour Full Day from/to Rotorua

Waitomo Spellbound Glowworm and Cave Tour Full Day from/to Rotorua
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Book in advance
from C$185.16 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
Be picked up from your Rotorua accommodation and be transferred to the Spellbound base. You will join the Spellbound team for a 3-hour Glowworm & Cave Tour. Be spellbound by Spellbounds kind and personal service, knowledgeable guides, and very impressive glowworm display. They know the only way to really enjoy Waitomo’s biggest and brightest glowworm show, is slowly. Rushing through will not do justice to such breath-taking spectacle. Take time to let your eyes adapt and you will be rewarded with the soft glow of many of thousands of glowworms. Walkthrough the lovely succession of chambers in the Cave of the Spirit to find speleothems, fossil remains of extinct moa and cathedrals. You will have, 1 guide, 2 caves to visit, up to 12 people in your group and 30 000 or more glowworms to amaze you. Post the experience, check out Ruakuri walk, have a bite to eat in the cafe and then return with us to Rotorua.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 190314P10
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Air-conditioned vehicle • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Duration
9h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Main pick up point is the Rotorua I-site, however, will pick up from other Rotorua CBD locations as required. We do not pick up outside of Rotorua.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Air-conditioned vehicle • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Main pick up point is the Rotorua I-site, however, will pick up from other Rotorua CBD locations as required. We do not pick up outside of Rotorua.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Waitomo Caves
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Arapuni Swing Bridge
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Ruakuri Walk
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
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jocooper1967
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
Spellbound tour of Gloworm Caves is a must-do!
We were a group of four adults and were joined by another couple on our tour. Our guide, Norm, was excellent - he was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour and made the tour both fun and informative. The boat trip portion of the tour was absolutely magical and the river gorge portion of the tour was fascinating. Highly recommend to anyone visiting this area and please note that the weather makes no difference to the enjoyment of your trip - just take a raincoat, good walking shoes and enjoy!
Written May 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

HlN
6 contributions
A magical Waitomo glowworm cave experience. 5 stars for sure
A truly magical trip - two and a half hours, two caves, a boat ride, and the most amazing glowworm experience, with a passionate and knowledgeable guide (Norm). This outfit are the go-to for glowworm caves in Waitomo in our opinion. They limit the number of people on each tour to 12 (we had 6) which means a more personalised experience. We did the 2-hour tour which visits two caves - one with a boat ride through a magical cave full of glowworms (you’d swear you’re in a magical forest, not a limestone cave), and the other you walk through and see amazing limestone formations. They even include a welcome cuppa halfway through. Honestly a 5 star experience. You have to google Spellbound glowworm tours specifically though to make sure you get the right outfit.
Written May 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Padraic Ryan
3 contributions
Spectacular
One of the best experiences we’ve had in New Zealand!! Our guide, Norm, was an incredible mixture of knowledgeable, personable and experienced! We couldn’t have imagined having a better glow worm and caving. 10/10 would highly recommend this experience to anyone and everyone
Written May 5, 2021
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Andy L
Moulton, UK3 contributions
Superb
We had a Friendly, knowledgeable and funny guide who made our experience a memorable one. Also a nice cafe on site with clean toilets.
Written December 18, 2019
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Thomas_Rodda
Kia ora, Thank you for your time to write this review. We do think we have the best products to choose from in Waitomo. We a glad you had a memorable experience with Thermal land shuttle in Waitomo. Cheers, Thomas
Written December 23, 2019
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Chaitanya
1 contribution
Amazing to and fro ride
Dec. 2019 • Couples
Enjoyed the ride to Waitomo caves. Very convinient to go between destinations. Thomas has been an amazimg guide throughout the journey.

Defiantly recommended.
Written December 8, 2019
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Thomas_Rodda
Kai ora, Was lovely to meet you. We are glad you enjoyed your tour to and from Waitomo. We do try giving that added value on all our tours to give the best experience possible. Thanks again for your review, we hope you enjoyed your time in New Zealand.
Written December 10, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

SaraLee511
15 contributions
Awesome!
Nov. 2019
Akira was our shuttle driver for both of our tours (glow worm & wai tapu/waimungu. He made our experience for both days very enjoyable and gave plenty of good tips for best views, etc. He's also a very realistic, nice, and honest guy. We were picked up directly from our accommodation in a timely manner. We were okay with the seating on the bus, my husband is 200LB 5'10, and we both sit comfortably. If you need bigger seats, perhaps should book tours with coach buses. My personal opinion, not much to see at tapu, waimungu is much better. For Waimungu don't hike through the steep flight of stairs path, there were no birds! We thought there would be and spent a lot of time trying to get up there, had to dash through the rest of the course missing beautiful views with black swans in order to make it in time for the shuttle.
Written December 6, 2019
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Thomas_Rodda
Thank you for your time to write this review. We are glad you had a good time with Akira. We do think we have quality products that are unique to NZ. We are trying hard to reduce our carbon footprint hence why we don't have big coach buses, and glad you found the seats adequate. We understand everybody is different and we do aim to give enough time to enjoy them altho a full day can quite big we do think it is a good day out Thanks again for the review! Thomas
Written December 23, 2019
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Donna T
Jacksonville, FL19 contributions
Homegrown Perspectives
We wanted to visit some caves and see the Glow-worms. Thermal Shuttle was recommended by a large outfit in Auckland. They were right! Thomas was on time and a delight! He shared many facts about the thermal activities in the area. Enjoyed everything about our full day trip. We had a car but wanted to have a relaxed day, and it worked out perfect! A must to see the area from a local perspective from Rotorua.
Written November 13, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora, Thank you for your time to write this review on Thermal- land Shuttle. We are stoked you enjoyed your relaxing day with Thomas experiencing the Glow-worms in Waitomo. We do pride ourselves on giving the best experience possible and showing off what we have to offer in Rotorua, New Zealand. Thanks again Cheers, Thomas
Written December 3, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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By: Thermal Shuttle - Waitomo Tours (from/to Rotorua)
Tania M
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Spectacular trip
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Glowworm Cave Adventure
Absolutely amazing trip, the service was incredible and the tubing was amazing in the Waitomo Glowworm caves! Defin
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Amazing experience!
Went in with very little expectations but was blown away—one of the best experiences that’s I’ve had. It was surrea
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Waitomo Spellbound Glowworm and Cave Tour Full Day from/to Rotorua will start at 7:30 AM. Discover and book Waitomo Spellbound Glowworm and Cave Tour Full Day from/to Rotorua on Tripadvisor


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