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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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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...more
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39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The tour started in the caves and you had to walk up and down some stairs, mostly in the dark so if you're not physically able, this might not be for you. Our guide was fantastic. The little boat ride at the end was cool...More

Thank rfranko888
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My brother and I had the combo with 3 caves, to be honest just 2 we’re worthy. We highly recommend Ruakuri cave first so you can take pictures and get the whole cave story and also the worm story so when you go to the...More

Thank Roy R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We has a fantastic day yesterday at the glow worm caves! Our tour guide for the Ruakuri tour was called Rob and he was absolutely fantastic! His knowledge of the Maori culture, geological properties of the cave and the local area was unbelievable and he...More

Thank livsyd96
Reviewed 3 days ago

The tour guides are energetic and very informative making the experience very enjoyable and leaving you wanting more. The boat ride to finish off the tour is a must do if you're ever in this region of NZ.

Thank jamesdunn93
Reviewed 3 days ago

My 4 year old son keeps raving about the glow worms. He was at awe after the tour. I would say that it is quite unique ( the guide said you won't find any glow worms any where else in the world except NZ and...More

Thank Tj T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I am glad we decided to see the glow worms via guided tour; we were debating finding a cave ourselves to see glow worms but figured that this way we were guaranteed to see some. You start the tour by making your way through breath...More

Thank Kerri a
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Sitting quietly taking in the constellations of glow worms was a really nice experience. Good to pause after lots of driving from place to place.

Thank Ian S
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora Ian, Thank you for the feedback. What a way to relax after driving!

Reviewed 6 days ago

The Glowwom Caves are magnificent. An absolute must do. The caves themselves are really great but when you get to the actual glow worms.... WOW. The tour ends with a boat trip through the cave and all you want to do is to lie down...More

1  Thank Christine C
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora Christine, We agree our cave tours are a must do! Glad to hear you were "wowed" by our Glow Worms, we will pass on this feedback to ensure Reign is acknowledged. Thank you for the great reveiw!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was so incredibly beautiful in the Glowworm Caves. It was stunning! The other two Caves were really cool to and the guids were super friendly and very knowledgeable! Awesome experience!!😍😍

Thank 20bellatravels18
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora Bella, Thank you for taking the time to post great feedback. We hope to see you here again!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Waitomo Glowworm Caves: a light in the dark. Travelling gives you life lessons. Glowworm caves are example that there always a hope of light even in darkest times. Philosophy apart, this is one of best tour of town. A must recommended one if you are...More

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Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for the great feedback! The life lesson is a great touch and we are glad you see how magical our caves are. Hope to see you here again!

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1 September 2018|
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Response from jessec00k | Reviewed this property |
They are two different caves and two different experiences. You still see glow worms in each but they are really awesome. Waitomo are amazing and have guides pick you up so make sure you talk to them so that your not missing... More
28 June 2018|
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Response from atanu s | Reviewed this property |
Melbsur, I have done Ruakuri and I loved it. Cant speak for Aranui since I havnt done it, but I am sure you will enjoy Ruakuri if you choose it. 1.5-2hr walking through the caves, pretty relaxed pace, no crowds, highly... More