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Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours

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Address: 15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 800 773 552
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Our tours are friendly, informative and fun. With no more than 12 people on...

Our tours are friendly, informative and fun. With no more than 12 people on board, raft beneath many thousands of fabulous glowworms to see them at their very best. We visit private caves away from the regular, more commercial tours. Our caves are on a beautiful hill country farm and your guide is also your host, so expect a really enjoyable and memorable tour of our two magical caves.

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We arrived in Waitomo fully expecting to go with the tourist flow and see one of the big 3 advertised caves. Luckily for us, the lovely lady at the iSite recommended spellbound... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived in Waitomo fully expecting to go with the tourist flow and see one of the big 3 advertised caves. Luckily for us, the lovely lady at the iSite recommended spellbound, and pointed out the size limit on the group (12 people as opposed to 50 on the other tours). Fabulous tour, Norm was great and the slow, silent... More 

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Thank Lynn B
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After reading several brochures etc. we opted for this tour because of its good reviews and the apparent value for money and we weren't disappointed. Our guide was an experienced caver and gave us a full commentary. We first visited the Glow Worm Cave. Inside the cave the walk was easy for everybody and the the part of the tour... More 

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Thank Denise A
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did the Ruakuri Cave first so after that one this could only be better. This one was a far shorter one, we went in the boat and most importantly we had a great tour guide, male. Sorry we didn't get your name. Very friendly and informative. Walked around first, looked at everything. Yes we enjoyed this one. The boat... More 

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Thank nzwestie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Spellbound definitely lives up to expectations. Had a great tour with Norm. He was very knowledgeable and great fun. Felt very safe in his company. The caves did not disappoint and there was no rush to move on. We would thoroughly recommend this tour and it is well worth the money. Vic & Jeanette

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A good tour - laid back and quite informative. Perhaps a little long to hold ones attention for the full 3.5 hours.

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Thank Jason W
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Both caves are quite different - You can take photos in Aranui Cave only. Formations are stunning - pink, brown, white. Plenty of large cave weta too!! Glow worms amazing - Cave temperature 14 C!!

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Thank Tony B
Terre Haute, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hop was our tour guide and he did an excellent job! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and he even offered tea and cookies between the walking cave and boat tour. I definitely would recommend this company.

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Thank sharenmoseman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked based off of the high recommendations from reading these reviews and I have to say they were exactly on point! This trip was away from all the commercial boat trips where you only get 10 minutes with the glow worms!! STAY CLEAR OF THOSE! For an extra $20-25 you get a total of over 2 hours with over... More 

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Thank Chelsea D
Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is just a great way to see caves, countryside and glow worms. Small numbers far from the maddening crowds. Good commentary and well considered visit - relaxed informative and as good as it gets for glow worm experience. Well done. Good value for money.

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Thank Viv M
Calgary, AB
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose this tour over the Waitomo Cave tour. It is a bit out of Waitomo on private land. Our guide, Russ, was friendly and very informative. These tours have smaller groups. You are taken to two caves, one with glow worms, and another more typical cave. The glow worm cave comes with a bit of a float on the... More 

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