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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour provided by Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

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Overview
New Zealand's natural beauty goes far below the surface, as you'll discover on this guided tour of the Waitomo Caves. The underground cave complex is home to millions of glowworms and spectacular formations, like the Cathedral Cave. Your guide will tell you all about the natural forces at work in the cave, on a tour that's fun and informative for both adults and kids.
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Waitomo Caves
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    Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    Discover your moment of magic in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour. Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history.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 the expert guides provide informative commentary on their historical and geological significance to the region. Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveler. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 125 years of cultural and natural history. Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cave famous for its spectacular formations and acoustics. 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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Waitomo Caves
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Highlights
  • Tour the caves on foot and on a boat
  • Be amazed by one of New Zealand's must-see attractions
  • Learn about the geological and historical background of the Waitomo Caves
  • Tours depart at various times, so you can choose one to suit your schedule
Important Information
Departure Point
Waitomo Caves, Waitomo Caves, Waitomo District, Waikato Region, North Island
Duration
45m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Bring comfortable waking shoes and a warm jacket
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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RoseBowlTraveler wrote a review 24 Mar
Cincinnati, Ohio334 contributions35 helpful votes
While touring New Zealand, I guess this is something you hear so much about that you have to do it......but not sure I would recommend or do again. The organization/infrastructure of the facilites are exceptional - tour itself was not that big a deal. You line up and enter
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Discover_Waitomo, Staff at Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour
Responded 5 days ago
Kia Ora Thank you for your review. We are glad you found our cave as beautiful as we do and hope to see you again. Nga Mihi
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Hans750 wrote a review 18 Mar
The Hague, The Netherlands1,145 contribution138 helpful votes
Guided tours through the caves. First walking through a path of Stallimites and stalitites. Very interesting listing to the Maori guide. After half an hour you swith to a little boat. When there are two boats, take the first one. The guide takes you through the glow worm cave.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Discover_Waitomo, Staff at Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Kia Ora Thank you for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your tours and hope to see you again. Nga Mihi
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Jamin Travels wrote a review 17 Mar
Birmingham14 contributions1 helpful vote
The glowworms are an amazing sight to witness. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take any photos, so you can't capture any memories. It is a quick boat ride to see the glowworms, but you get to see them very clearly. We also visited various caves that had some incredible
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Discover_Waitomo, Staff at Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Kia Ora Thank you for your feedback. We are very glad you enjoyed your experience at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and hope to see you again. Nga Mihi
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MKR61 wrote a review 15 Mar
Macclesfield, United Kingdom59 contributions12 helpful votes
We enjoyed our visit to the caves but were a bit disappointed that seeing the glowworms by boat formed only 10 mins of the time spent there, a part of that was the boat being spun round slowly. The rest of the visit is as you would expect in any set of caves. If you re in the
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Discover_Waitomo, Staff at Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Kia Ora Thank you for your review. Nga Mihi
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kathyddd wrote a review 14 Mar
Colorado43 contributions
We enjoyed the cave experience, then traveling in a boat to see the ceiling illuminated by the glowworms. I also learned more by reading information in the visitors center. It was very calming and serene.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Discover_Waitomo, Staff at Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Kia Ora Thank you for your amazing review. We are very glad you enjoyed your tour and hope to see you again. Nga Mihi
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Ste7373
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Peaceful and Interesting
This was a really interesting tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. You see some stunning scenery. The best
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DeeBee90
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UTTERLY AMAZING CAVE SYSTEM
We chose to do this cave tour before going on the Waitomo tour. It was amazing. Our young guide was extremely kno
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Hans750
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So wonderfull
It is an amazing experience seeing millions of glow worms in complete darkness from a little boat. Very enjoyable.
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Christine B
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Well worth the visit
These caves are really worth the visit, we had a lovely tour guide, he was young and knew his stuff, you just have
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474lovetoeat474
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Glowworms get a 5 but the tour a 2
We did the tour on February 29th. Our group wasn't huge, maybe 20 of us. The cave was interesting and the glowwor
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Nimmo45
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Must see
We loved our time on the tour. Our guide was friendly and informative. Catering to all the needs of our group, kids
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Rbansal2014
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A night sky with millions of star above.
So we drove down from Rotorua, took us about 3 hours to get there however the drive was simple and relaxed. The dri
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Libris13
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Exceptional!
We booked to see the glow worms,but once we entered the caves and were gifted a knowledgeable tour by our guide we
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lisaavila2000
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Amazing
The trip through the cave was amazing, the guide was knowledgeable about the cave and the glowworms.
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A6776OUliamm
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Waitomo so called 'glowworm tour'...
We ignored the bad reviews, believing that it would be an 'excellent' experience given the number of comments. Ho
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TNWoodTokyo
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Very Good
Only ten people on the tour and lots of time in the cave under the glow worms. Cordial guide. Nice price, with the
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KEH278
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Amazing fun!
Very fun way to see the amazing glow worms! The girls leading were friendly and professional, making us feel at eas
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Pat L
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Fascinating and worthwhile
We were delighted and awestruck at the beauty of the glow worm experience. Nature never ceases to amaze! And a nod
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Ginger M
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Incredible Waitomo Caves
My daughter and I took the 8:30 AM Glowing Adventures tour. Not knowing exactly what to expect we were prepared for
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garrylid
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YEP
I done this tour 30 years ago by myself (and other tourists), back then ì would say this was one of the best thing
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  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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