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Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours

15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 800 773 552
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Starry Caves

We debated how best to see the glowworm caves and eventually decided on Spellbound and we are... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Spellbound by glowworms! An awesome experience not to be missed.

There are lots of places one can see glowworms in New Zealand and Australia, but I don't think any... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 800 773 552
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We debated how best to see the glowworm caves and eventually decided on Spellbound and we are thrilled we did. Spellbound takes you to 2 different caves, one of which is filled with the most amazing glowworms that far exceeded expectations. The cave that the...More

Thank kathyandmanish
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are lots of places one can see glowworms in New Zealand and Australia, but I don't think any of them can be as awesome as those we saw on the Spellbound tour in Waitomo, New Zealand. Our tour was an awesome experience! The tour...More

Thank AustinBobby
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I have both been on numerous cave tours in other countries, but nothing could prepare us for the beauty that awaited us in the glowworm caves of Waitomo. The spellbound tour was particularly great, as you get to experience two different types...More

Thank AnnieIntl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small, 12 person tour and luckily for us there were only 4 people. The caves are on a private property and are only viewed thru this company. Everything is provided and the tour is a good length. We got to see plenty...More

Thank Col133
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a good tour and a small group (only 4 of us) made it even more enjoyable. We noticed some mixed reviews on here about the guide but we found him a bit of fun and full of knowledge and love for the caves,...More

Thank PaulRutherford
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spellbound is all about seeing the glow worms and understanding a bit about their life cycle. The number of worms viewed is almost beyond belief. In the second cave time is devoted more to local history and cave formation, although you will see more glow...More

Thank David J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We avoided the masses at the main glowworm caves and booked in with Spellbound who have access to private caves. The office is located next to the General Store in the Village. Really good tour with a knowledgeable caveman (!) on the area who collected...More

Thank tysontrip
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The small group tour arranged by Spellbound was just perfect. We were the only group while visiting the caves. No noise, no rush. Our guide gave us all the time we wanted to enjoy the amazing sight. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely wonderful tour that really gives you a sense of wonder! We did the the three hour tour a couple of weeks ago and it was well worth it. Our guide, Hohepa, was friendly and knowledgeable with a wicked sense of humor and made the...More

Thank max_in_melbourne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

what a great tour this was we were lucky to stumble across spellbound company, they have small tour groups of 12 we only had 7 in ours which was great not like the " commercial " tour companies. we spend a lot of time looking...More

Thank chayne34
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How to meet your guide if I join this tour?
7 February 2017|
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Response from Libby027 | Property representative |
Hi you come to our office in Waitomo, your guide will meet you there and take you on tour in a Transit Van
Hello, what is the name of this tour? How do we book it?
10 November 2016|
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Response from tntbamford | Reviewed this property |
We did the 3.25 hour tour. Think that's the only one they offer. I'd recommend calling and getting your name on the list as I think they fill up fast. Was a wonderful tour! Free phone (in NZ) is 0800 773 552
I'm travelling with my 73 year old friend who has had 2 knee replacements and recovering from a broken bone in her hand. She wants to see glowworms and I've visited the caves many years ago and think she can cope but getting in and out of the boat may require some help. Is this possible or is there a more passive way of seeing the caves?
29 October 2016|
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Response from Libby027 | Property representative |
Hi there, you are very welcome to talk to your guide and explain about your knees. You can both decide on whether the walks are for you. It's possible to skip them and stay in van if you choose. Inside the cave there are no... More