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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
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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 glowworms above as you glide silently by boat through the glowworm grotto. Many of our current guides are descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. 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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39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Husband and I did the Ruakuri and the regular glow worm caves and were super happy with our selection! The Ruakuri cave let you get up close and personal to the glowworms and had really beautiful formations. The regular cave contained a dense display of...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was expecting an awesome experience but the glow caves where ok and thought it was overpriced and to top the experience our tour guide was terrible... it seemed he was there only to get paid and not to entertain people and make them have...More

1  Thank misky75
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Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi there and thank you for taking the time to place feedback. We apologize that you felt disappointed by your visit. We will pass on your feedback to ensure a great experience for future visitors

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had one day free in Auckland so signed up for a long bus tour. I had heard the glowworm caves were a must-see and refused to listen to the agent who tried to talk me out of it. It was basically a 2-hour driving...More

1  Thank Jane B
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Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi there and thank you for taking the time to place feedback. We apologize that you felt disappointed by your visit. We will pass on your feedback to ensure a great experience for future visitors

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was the second set of such caves I visited in NZ. These are busier being in a more populated part of the country. Also more commercial. Otherwise great to see the glowworms again. Very different feel to the caves compared with Te Anau. Both...More

Thank Ivor M
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Discover_Waitomo, contact center reservationist at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia Ora Ivor, Thank you for taking your time to review us. Yes we are getting more and more people coming to visit us, as it getting more and more well known to the world. We are trying our best to accommodate everyone. Thank you...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Loved the glow worms, it was amazing. It was as if we were watching the stars. Our instructor was a great tour guide and his great, great, great, great, great grandfather was actually the one who discovered the cave back in the 1800s!! He was...More

Thank awjose
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Discover_Waitomo, contact center at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora, thanks for taking the time to place feed back. We are glad you enjoyed various aspects of our tour,our hilarious guides and spectacular glowworms and yes the photos are a great souvenir! We look forward to hosting you again.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very interesting, well kept and knowledgeable guides. Quite large groups which at times made things difficult, however other than that I would definitely recommend.

Thank Daniel B
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Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to place feedback. We are glad you had a wonderful experience with us at the caves. Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The glow worms were neat but for 50 bucks you'd expect more than 5 minutes in a boat. The majority of the tour is the usual groan worthy this stalactite looks like a beae, this one's sponge Bob kind of thing. Caves are neat, but...More

1  Thank Benjamin O
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Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, and thank you for taking the time to place feedback. We apologise that you felt disappointed by your visit. We will pass on your feedback to ensure a great experience for future visitors. If you are after even more magic you should visit...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my friends visited the glow worm caves. We did a couple of the cave walks where we would see glow worms. I was so impressed. We weren’t rushed through at all and the guide was excellent. The place felt very well looked after...More

Thank ZCashin2014
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Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are happy you and your family enjoyed the experience with us. Thank you for your visit and hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were promised an experience with kiwi as a part of this nature preserve but it is really one animal which is rare but in a small terrarium...the caves are interesting but we expected more glowworms and more time in the subterranean area. I agree...More

1  Thank Blondedawg
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Discover_Waitomo, contact at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, thanks for your review. We can only comment on behalf the Waitomo glowworm cave. The reason for our price is that we are the original glowworm caves in Waitomo and the glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa, are unique to New Zealand and we invite you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Badly managed overly commercialised cave tour. Way too many people and multiple tour groups in the cave at once, noisy and we could not hear what our guide was saying half the time over the tour groups next to us. The boat under the Glowworms...More

Thank Tom D
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Discover_Waitomo, contact at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Tom Thank you for taking the time to review us We are looking to improve the over all tour layout, to create an improved customer experience! Sorry that you felt the group was too large – we do our best to comfortably accommodate...More

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Cahaya L
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Response from Ken H | Reviewed this property |
I am close to 67 years, with a 20% disability, and claustrophobia, I managed, the worst bit are the steps to the boat, quite steep. Go for it you only live once.
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From our experience yes it would pay to book. We hadn’t booked and the day we thought that we would go it was booked out. Fortunately we asked when visiting the Matamata Hobbit information centre prior to driving to the... More
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My wife had her hip replaced and walks slowly, but she managed the walk with no difficulties, although there were times when she held my arm for stability.
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