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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 yesterday

The caves were neat and the guided tour was informational. However, we felt that the boat portion would be much longer (you are only on the boat ~5 minutes), and there was a lot of waiting around that got pretty boring. If you're in the...More

Thank Grant M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We loved the tour and our guide was really knowledgeable and friendly. We did feel the prices were a little high for the 45 minute tour (50 each) when the 3 hour tour was only another $25 each. That said it was truly amazing to...More

Thank eztraveller2
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Facilities VERY basic but overall the staff who took us through the caves were pleasant and professional - felt "safe" with them despite the ^ water levels and fast currents. Wouldn't recommend this for the faint hearted - need to be physically fit and not...More

Thank jacci6
Reviewed 2 days ago

I would agree with everyone who is excited about the magical impfressions down there, even if you only get about 5 minutes in glowworm cave itself, but in our group we had a number of chinese tourists who just did not stop talking to each...More

1  Thank ManaPet
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The waitomo glowworm caves trip takes you through three levels of the incredible waitomo caves system. The first level or the Catacombs is an extraordinary walkway within a limestone cave which is a treat to behold. The second level is the Banquet chamber where you...More

1  Thank Meghana L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Kids had fun short but enjoyable. Plenty of glow worms to see and enjoy. The kids loved to see the glow worms

Thank chris7772015
Reviewed 4 days ago

So beautiful to see. We visited the Aranui and Glowworm caves and both of them were awesome in different ways. The guides were really nice.

Thank Marocruz
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The entire tour is about 45 minutes... But this is not the time you have with the glowworms. The tour includes the introduction of cave formation, a lot of time looking at the caves. After that, you get to sit on a boat and your...More

2  Thank Wai Kit F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great experience and the guide we had was brilliant. She took us through the caves at the beginning explaining how they have formed to be what they are today. She then explained the life cycle of the glow worms and finally took...More

1  Thank WorldPreview
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are several tours you can chose from when visiting Waitomo Glowworm Caves, we selected the basic tour which is a walk through the caves, with a boat ride at the end. The basic tour was 50$ a person, and lasted roughly 45 minutes. The...More

Thank Kristin Y
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Response from Julie M | Reviewed this property |
I too hate small spaces and was reluctant to take this adventure, but ... I believed what I was told and decided to go. Well... It was WONDERFUL and I did not feel at all nervous or claustrophobic. I loved every minute... More
9 August 2017|
Response from yellowperilhk | Reviewed this property |
I think you need to ask whoever has arranged the tour for you.