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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour provided by Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Covid Practices: We will be requesting all visitors sign in upon arrival for contact tracing, we will be maintaining social distancing and implementing cleaning practices throughout the day as well as hand sanitizer
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Updated 31/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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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You'll end at
Waitomo Caves
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  • 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
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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James wrote a review Jul 2020
3 contributions
The tour is interesting and fun to do but a bit expensive for what it actually encompasses. The glowworms don't actually produce as much light as the posters would have you believe, and the tour is a bit on the short side.
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Joy B wrote a review Jul 2020
Auckland, New Zealand41 contributions8 helpful votes
I hadn't done this trip for years, so it was almost like doing it for the first time. I really enjoyed the guide's narrative including his sense of humour and knowledge. The limestone caves were beautiful, as were the glow worms. Nice surprise to find the saving if I booked
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Date of experience: July 2020
Minnie33 wrote a review Jul 2020
Tauranga, New Zealand31 contributions32 helpful votes
This was a wonderful experience, one I will never forget ! My husband had booked a surprise visit here, as I have not been here before ! The cave formations were really amazing and so naturally beautiful . They had lighting in the cave , which also complimented how it looked .
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Date of experience: July 2020
Alice M wrote a review Jul 2020
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions1 helpful vote
Fantastic experience. Moi was an excellent and amusing guide and we loved that he cared enough to ensure that the kids were in the first boat. Ticket office staff were extremely helpful and cafe sells delicious pizza and wedges!
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Date of experience: July 2020
Sqddo wrote a review Jul 2020
New Zealand64 contributions20 helpful votes
We did the 45min tour which starts with a walk and finishes with a boat ride. Not too much walking for young kids. Our guide was very informative and it’s a slick operation making it an enjoyable experience. 5 star rating by kids and adults alike.
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This was a unique, awe-inspiring experience. It is very well done & maintained. Note: this may not be suitable for
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Awesome experience
The ticket price is worth it. I took my daughter, younger brother and nephew and they loved it as did I. Recommend
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A must for all.
As a late sixties Kiwi who has never been here before I believe all New Zealanders should visit here if they can, s
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Stunning natural features
Great day at Waitomo Glowworm Caves today. Suitable for and enjoyed by all ages. Amazing to see so many glow worms
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I’d love to say we loved the caves, but try as we might (..& we tried MIGHTY hard) it seemed quite impossible to ge
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A natural wonder. Must see. Kids in awe. “Like a starry sky.” Guide was very friendly and welcoming.
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Amazing experience
What an amazing experience this was. These caves were incredibly fascinating. So beautiful yet so strange. There ar
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Surreal and stunning
Absolutely loved this experience. It was surreal being underneath the surface of the earth on a rubber ring floatin
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Stunning visit
This was a fair way off our route round North Island, but we were glad we made the effort. Not recommended for anyo
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As beautiful as seeing the glowworms is, and the caves ofc, experience really could better. I understand, it is a
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Bob H
Waitomo Glowworm Caves,
My wife and I went on this excursion and had a fantastic time. Part of the excursion was walking through the caves
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Glow worms
This is an amazing experience. The tour takes you inside the caves then they turn the lights out then you get to se
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Disappointed in the Photos
Thé caves were good but don’t buy the photo. It is printed in poor quality paper, the print quality is dubious & th
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Triple Cave Combo
We did the triple cave combo on 23rd March, this started with the Glow worm cave which was really good, the boat ri
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Well worth a visit.
This was a fabulous experience, very well organised and explained by the guide. The caves are beautiful and extensi
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Key Details
  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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