Spellbound
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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 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.
Te Kuiti, New Zealand

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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waggy21
Perth, Australia186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This would have to one of the best tours of caves I have ever done. Ross was our very knowledgeable and friendly guide. I can't recommend this company more. Nothing was rushed we enjoyed Ross's stories and he educated us about Maori history. The personal touches such as taking photographs with the company phone with low light capabilities and emailing them through to you later was a huge plus. Highly recommend the Spellbound Cave tour.
Written 25 February 2024
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Hermann
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Excellent tour with small groups (max. 12 people), experienced guide, long boat trip with incredible amount of glow worms. Absolutely recommended! Familiar atmosphere and not so commercialized as the bigger ones in Waitomo!
Written 20 February 2024
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GGinn2024
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This was such an amazing experience. We went for this smaller tour as we thought it would be less busy. The tour guides were great. We had a little bus trip (5 mins) to a drop off point then a walk down to the opening of the cave. We saw wild eels outside before going in. As we got in the boat we had already seen alot of glowworms but after 10 mins of our eyes adjusting to the light they were AMAZING. We also had a walk around another cave. SOOOO good thank you
Written 13 February 2024
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Travel For Life Now
35 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Worse tour ever. Tour guide allowed a male guest to bully, harass and even physically push a female guest with no intervention or repercussion. Instead he blames the female. Unacceptable behavior for a tour guide. Glowworms were interesting but the second cave was unimpressive. Overall, will not recommend this company to anyone.
Written 12 February 2024
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Hello Sue , we are disapointed you have posted this review so immediately when we are dealing with this incident. Your tour guide is very experienced and said he did try to stop the various misbehaviour from you and the other couple. Sure he could have done this differently, but he had 8 other visitors to keep happy, and the incident occured on the raft ride where it was hazardous to move around. It seems you had much greater expectations on photography than the pre raft ride opportunities that your tour guide had given you. We also noted that you arrived an hour early, expected us to be operating a cafe ( we dont!) and did not travel 10 minutes into te kuiti to get food before your tour. Some visitors choose our essential tour, which visits our glowworm cave with raft ride on flat water only, but most visitors do both caves and walks, and enjoy the cave where the stream used to go, with accompanying Moa bones, Tomo openings to the forest above, stalactites etc
Written 13 February 2024
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Dean M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had the most amazing experience doing the Spellbound glow worm tour. The guide was both informative and entertaining. The caves were better than I was expecting. The photos on the website are nothing compared to floating on the river surrounded by these glowing worms. It was a surreal experience.
We did both tours. The glow worms were the first. The second, into the dry cave, was amazing. We learned so much about the history of the land above and below and how water shaped the landscape.
I highly recommend this tour.
Written 31 January 2024
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Lissa N
Perth, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The whole experience with Spellbound was absolutely outstanding. Our guide was Hohepa, he was excellent and also very good with my 11 and 5 year olds. He kept them engaged the whole time and also gave advanced warning if it was about to get dark. They have both raved about the experience since. There was an intimate vibe where you felt like you’d discovered a well kept secret. I can’t believe how many glowworms we saw. I would recommend this as a must do if travelling anywhere close.
Written 26 January 2024
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Rena B
Sonoma County, CA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
So happy that we picked this company to do the glowworm tour. The group is small, we were 15 in our group. The guide gives you lots of time in the cave for your eyes to adjust while explaining the life of glow worms. Then you board a raft and spend the next 15-20 minutes admiring the millions of glow worms clinging to the sides and ceiling This tour allows you to take pictures except when you are on the raft, while other tours prohibit taking photos. It is an indescribable experience that will remain with us for a long time. Many thanks to our wonderful guide Scuba for a very informative and fun tour.
Written 15 January 2024
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SonuK685
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Most magical part of our honeymoon! Our tour guide had so much enthusiasm and knowledge and you could tell he was so passionate about his job. Just something we have never seen before! Thank you and would definitely recommend!
Written 14 January 2024
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James B
Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
What an incredible tour. Our guide, Paul, was so knowledgeable and easy going, with plenty of patience for questions and talking us through the amazing landscape and features above and below ground. Great to do this in a relatively small group, which made it all the more personal and enjoyable. Both caves were amazing but seeing the glow worms from the boat on a subterranean lake was something else! Thoroughly recommended.
Written 2 January 2024
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chris a
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Excellent tour through a wet and dry cave. Really generous time to see the glow worms and for your eyes to adjust to darkness. Great small group personalised experience. Ross was a very informative guide.
Written 14 December 2023
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