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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Address: 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
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+64 7-878 8227
09:00 - 17:00
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THE WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES World renowned and a magnet for both local and...

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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Tourist trap for sure...but definitely unique

A bit pricey for an hour tour... but the cave is quite impressive and unique with the glow worms...the final 10 minutes is via boat, pitch black, and not a sound. The guide makes... read more

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A bit pricey for an hour tour... but the cave is quite impressive and unique with the glow worms...the final 10 minutes is via boat, pitch black, and not a sound. The guide makes it interesting explains what you need to know

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Christchurch NZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An inexpensive attraction, with good guides and a world class experience. The glow worms viewed from the boat were amazing,

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The caves are a unique attraction that were worth the drive to view. The tour was given by a member of the original family that explored the cave. The tour was not long and we appreciated that it was not as commercialized as some of the caves in the US. Of course the feature that makes it special is the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We expected much more from the Waitomo Caves. We did not have much time and we took the short (45 minutes) tour which includes the Glowworm Caves - supposed to be the peak attraction. It is quite disappointing, it's just one cave, the Glowworm look much better in photos or tourist brochure descriptions than in reality. The cave visit lasts... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are just some things that are simply amazing. The glow worm is one of them. The caves themselves are average.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came here as part of a coach tour that we later regretted. The caves and glowworms were beautiful, but the tour guide had a poor understanding of the caves and formations and the group that we were with were too big to manage. Instead of being able to enjoy the caves, we were dealing with rude children and adults... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We booked with "Spellbound" adjoining the Waitomo General store (to the left as you face the store) and was very pleased with their service, their guide and the visits to 2 caves (one wet with Glowworms and the other dry but v interesting. Coffee and biscuits provided mid-tour with a laugh or two along the way. Good value for money.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We just did the glow worm cave trip. It is 45 mins and was interesting with the highlight being the dark cave boat trip (in silence) to see the glow worms. No photos are allowed. A little physical effort is needed to walk around and some steps involved. This is a good natural phenomenon to see - but it wasn't... More 

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This tour was unlike anything I have ever experienced before... beautiful! We booked the glowworm caves only tour which we found to be very good. The tour starts with a guided walk through parts of the caves and ends with a bote ride on the river in the caves beneath a glowworm covered ceiling. Not a cheap tour, but stunning... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Waitomo is 140km away from Rotorua, and since you cannot miss the spectacular "glow worm cave", I suggest organising a half-day trip. The Waitomo glowworms are unique to New Zealand, though it is possible to find them in some Australian caves as well. Glowworms need a wet and dark environment, they sparkle in the dark to attarct mosquitoes to feed.... More 

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