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Address: 39 Waitomo Caves Road | Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand
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Private Shore Excursion: Waitomo Glow Worm Caves Experience from Tauranga
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Fantastic tour, thanks Dave

Thanks Dave for showing us your cave! Aranui is a very pretty cave, with so many wonderful formations, nice colour, amazing shape. Dave made the trip very funny. He involved... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Otorohanga, New Zealand

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Otorohanga, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Thanks Dave for showing us your cave! Aranui is a very pretty cave, with so many wonderful formations, nice colour, amazing shape. Dave made the trip very funny. He involved the children in the group, through turning on/off the lights, using the flashlight, telling amazing stories about wetas (cave crickets)…We were in another world! The guide Dave was very knowledgeable... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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55 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We purchased the 3 cave combo ticket and in hindsight probably would have just bought the 2 cave combo.

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Brisbane, Australia
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We bought the twin cave combo deal, and did the Glow Worms and this cave in one day. This Cave is totally different to the experience in the Glow Worm cave. For example, you need to walk a bit of a distance up a hill to get into the Cave. Once you are in the cave itself, the walk is... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We did a 3-cave tour including the Glowworm caves, the Aranui cave and the Ruakuri cave. Each of the caves are beautiful and mindblowing in their own way, so I will definitely recommend all of them. If you're on a limited time or budget, I would recommend either the glowworm caves or the Ruakuri cave, as both include amazing lime... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This is a small but very pretty cave. Not many people go through this cave so it was a nice small group that we had. Our guide was great and new a lot. There are no glow warms in this cave, but I preferred to the popular glow warm cave. A very intimate tour.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Entry is $50 adult, $23 child but we went in a multi-cave combo (aranui and Waitomo glow worm $74 each adult). Photography permitted. We had a brilliant guide, an older gentleman called Alex who was clearly passionate about the cave and the area. Alex began his informative tid-bits with plant life on the track before the cave and did point... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

booked as a combo tour ...very visually stunning...physical activity is required if travelling with kids as there are a lot of steps....guide was very good. Lots of photo ops ...good lighting ...and temperature ...starts and ends on time.

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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Slight up hill walk to the cave entrance and what starts off as being an ok experience gets better with every step you take in. Our guide Eric was excellent and allowed plenty of time for photos. Was fairly busy but unlike Waitomo much better experience. Don't expect to see glow worms here.

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Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Went there as part of a package with the glowworm cage. There are way less tourists and therefore you have much more time to explore the cave and take pictures and ask questions etc. Our tour guide sang a maori song in the cathedral to demonstrate the accoustics which was a really nice touch to the tour!

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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is a dry cave, so no glow worms, but still is a beautiful cave. If you're only here for glow worms, though, be forewarned.

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