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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 800 773 552
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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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  • Average11%
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Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 800 773 552
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Reviewed yesterday

this place first time is good on advertising... but not in reality... inside is dark. very long waiting to canoeing... the guide is good... but not so fun... cant take photo inside... the stalagmite n stalactite is amazing... very far away

Thank amazinggirls
Reviewed yesterday

The glowworms are amazing. Unfortunately the boat ride was very short, but the cave portion was fun and interesting. I enjoyed the history and stories from our guide.

Thank beccagreenleaf
Reviewed 2 days ago

Sad to say this has been the lowlight of our trip to Waitomo. Our Guide was obviously new as she was difficult to hear and lacking knowledge on some questions choosing to ignore them instead. Other groups were in the cave and my husband and...More

1  Thank Vix1959
Reviewed 2 days ago

This could be a good learning for places especially in India,where Glowworms are found in abundance.The guide, a local ,explained the place in great detail making it interesting with facts interspersed with jokes. The ride in the boat is a short one but the small...More

Thank vilas2053
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Absolutely beautiful tour through the caves and then on a boat under the glow worms. I wish I could have stayed for longer!

Thank Caitlin G
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Caitlin, Thank you for taking the time to place this wonderful feedback for our Glowworm Cave. We are glad you enjoyed our beautiful cave. Thank you for visiting and we do hope to see you again.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Had heard about glowworm caves from others and really wanted to see them myself. So we drove over from Rotorua, about 2hrs, and have to say it was well worth it. The caves themselves, with the various rock formations, stalagmites and stalagtites included, are an...More

Thank Latestarted
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I didn't know what to expect and I was a little apprehensive. The idea of getting in a boat in darkness way down in a deep cave had me a bit nervous. The guides were very competent and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole tour. The...More

Thank CharleswoodChick
Reviewed 3 days ago

I booked the tour with Spellbound which was a fantastic experience. From the beginning to the end — Norm, our guide, made it fun, knowledgeable and something well worth the time AND money. The 3.5 hours start with a mini-van ride to the first cave...More

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 3 days ago

The glowworm caves are definitely worth visiting. The guided tour is interesting & the boat ride is a lovely way to see the glowworms.

Thank SueMoor
Reviewed 3 days ago

While slowly floating in a rubber boat through a flooded cave without any lights may not be, at first thought, everyone's idea of a vacation highlight, in fact it almost certainly will be. The glowworms provide enough illumination, once your eyes adjust, to remove any...More

Thank Biotourist
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Himanshu J
29 October 2017|
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Response from Gary M | Reviewed this property |
If you are talking about doing it in 1 day, sure it can be done but you won't get to spend much time at either one. I would suggest doing it over at least 2 days so you can enjoy it. I would pick Hobbiton over Waitomo... More
Himanshu J
Auckland to Hobbiton via Waitomo caves and return to Coromandel peninsula late evening? Hi guys! We will be touring New Zealand in January 2018 and Auckland will be our first destination. I would like to have your suggestions on one of the day out of our itinerary. Day (3rd day of trip) when we check out Auckland hotel early morning, we are planning a self drive to Waitomo glowworm caves and afternoon around 3pm, drive to Hobbiton filmset. And in the evening, instead of going back to Auckland as most of packages offer, we are planning a drive to Coromandel peninsula and check-in there for 2 nights, as we plan to spend next day there. We would like to have your suggestions in terms of - 1. Is 1 day enough for Glowworm caves and Hobbiton 2. How are road conditions from Hobbiton to Coromandel coast as we will be doing that drive late evening ( I guess ). And what time of day in evening it gets dark there ? ( January end ) 3. Where to book any entrance fees for both Waitomo Glowworm​ caves and Hobbiton filmset if applicable as packages we have seen they all include Auckland's hotel pick and drop, which we don't need. 4. Will that be too much of drive on single day from Auckland - Waitomo - Hobbiton - Coromandel ? thanks.
29 October 2017|
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Response from Angela T | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I can't answer all of your questions but if you leave Auckland early (it takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hrs driving) and do the caves in the morning then drive over to Matamata and do a late afternoon tour - that may be... More
21 October 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Its beautiful, but it is very closed in in some spots, and tight seating on the boats.