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Home to a species of glowworms found exclusively in New Zealand, Waitomo Glowworm Caves serve as one of the country's most popular natural landmarks. A magnet for both local and foreign visitors, this attraction offers guided tours through three underground levels linked by long vertical shafts made of limestone. Start at the visitor center, where you can learn about the history of this cave system. Guided tours depart from behind the center and take participants past huge stalactites and stalagmites. As you enter a giant cavern known as "the cathedral" and your eyes gradually adjust to the dim light, prepare to see thousands of tiny glowworms sparkling all around you. Plan my trip to Waitomo Caves with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
Tours to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $312
Duration: 13 hours
Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $207
Duration: 12 hours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves reviews
We did the triple cave combo, absolutely amazing caves, Corey was a fantastic and knowledable guide, family favourite was definately the glow worm cave via boat ride. Meal at cafe at glow wormcave... more »
I did the $55 1 hour tour as I was pressed for time, and while it was expensive for an hour, I still felt it was good value for the money, given the unique experience. The cave was really cool in its.... more »
No photos allowed inside the caves. But it was a fun learning experience! We got to sing at one of the cave and hear the echos! Switch off the light and marvel at the blue glow worms. Nature's museum. The boat ride was so quiet we could hear water drops.
The boat ride, which is only the last 5 minutes of the tour, to see the cave ceiling covered in glow worms is amazing and worth the entrance fee. BUT, while I understand the need for silence, not all foreign visitors seen to understand and young kids certainly don't, perhaps restrict under fives. The other caves nearby offer much better examples of formations.
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