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Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours
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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 7-878 7622
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I would give the 10 stars. We had a tour with Peter on January 15, and it was one of the most awe-inspiring activities in our 3-week trip. (And we had seen so many wonderful and great places in NZ, this is saying a lot)....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our kids 8 and 12 enjoyed the two caves very much and learned a lot around the geology and biology in the caves. Being in a small group is cool and gives a lots of extra insights. Petting the eel was a cool little extra.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank HaraldKiwi
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was an amazing experience! Highly recommend this company if you prefer your guided tours to be in small groups! Kieran the tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. My wife and I would definitely complete this tour again with Kieran if visiting NZ again!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nathanhadadream
Reviewed 1 week ago

Zane was our guide and he not only knew a lot about the two caves or how to operate a van through hilly terrains but he kept my 5 year old entertained and engaged. The small group of 12 made it intimate and less hurried,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Julie H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a group of 6: grandparents, parents and 2 girls (aged 7 and 9). We all loved this tour, with its small group, beautiful glow worms and magical boat trip. The walk to and through the 2nd cave was fun and interesting. Three of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Barbara2008
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first stop of a long-anticipated visit to New Zealand. Our flight from the US arrived at 10:30am and we had a tour with Spellbound at 3:00pm. Due to mechanical problems at the gate upon arrival, we didn't de-plane for another hour and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ValhollerGirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went back and forth before booking this tour, mainly because I was so worried that the glowworm cave they would take us to would not be as good as the big touristy ones. We had 12 family members in our group and I really...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 429SusanE
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I jst followed suggestion from our campsite across the road. Very very nice experience. Whilst the boat trip is short; it is surreal to flow under a glowworm skyline. I travel a lot, but this makes it to my top10 !! Why is this not...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank frankpI4180WN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family (4 small children ages 2-7) absolutely LOVED this tour! It was informative, fun, adventurous, and all around spectacular! Our guide, Mangu, did an incredible job engaging our children and teaching them. He was very personable and made the experience 5-star. This is worth...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LindsayMast
Libby027, Owner at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, As well as being a Black Water Rafting guide in the 1980s, Mangu has extensive knowledge of Aotearoa/New Zealand from being a tour bus driver. Lets hope that your children remember their holiday experience for many years to come.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had seen many caves and glow worms before so I wasn't expecting to be surprised today but boy was I wrong. The tour conducted by Spellbound is in a class of its own for people who are keen to take time to appreciate the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MichalPostula
Libby027, Owner at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review An underground milky way is a very good description of the glowworm view that visitors to our cave see. Thanks again

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10 June 2018|
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Response from Libby027 | Property representative |
Hello, I think your question has been well answered by everyone below, I can just add that most 3 year old children cope very well, if your child does get anxious about being in the dark they might not enjoy this, we're in... More
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20 March 2018|
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Response from Allgoodthyngs | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I've not actually been into Waitomo having seen the coach loads pull up and seen the speed of the tours we decided against it. Also we'd been given the heads up by a naturalist who gave glowing reports of the nature and... More
15 March 2018|
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Response from Compuvideo | Reviewed this property |
We had our own driver and van from Auckland. Your best bet is to contact the tour operator directly.