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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Admission and Guided Tour

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  • Spectacular cave network
  • Thousands of glow worms
  • Tour approx. 45 minutes long
  • Amazing cave boat trip
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Witness the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Rotorua region's famed glow worm caves at Waitomo with a selection of great value sightseeing tours. Combining the wonder of a spectacular cave network with the delicate beauty of the glow worms themselves as they illuminate its ceilings and walls, the Waitomo glow worm caves are a unique destination that's not to be missed!

Featuring an array of awe-inspiring limestone formations that have to be seen to be believed, the roof and walls are teeming with various colours that range from browns to pinks to whites, while the thousands of tiny lights in the famous "glow worm grotto" complete an atmosphere that is both enchanting and visually enticing. Simply choose your preferred option from the available Waitomo glow worm tours below to explore this spectacular natural gift in the Rotorua region of New Zealand online today!

Inclusions

  • Informative commentary
  • Entry into the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Boat tour through the Glowworm Grotto

Highlights

  • Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto
  • Over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery commencing with the impressive Cathedral. The acoustics in this particular cavern are world-renowned
  • The highlight of your tour is an unrivalled boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto
Facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Cafe
  • Exhibition Space
  • Theatre and Gift Shop
Two Cove Levels

The Cathedral

  • The Cathedral is on the lower level of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and, at 18 metres in height, this is the largest cavern. It is world-renowned for its superb acoustics, which are due to the enclosed shape and rough surface. Many famous singers and choirs have performed here and have been delighted with the purity of the sound.

The Tomo

  • The Tomo is one of the wonders of Waitomo, it is a 16 metre vertical limestone shaft which marks the course of an ancient waterfall which today on flows during heavy rains. The dramatic vertical drop is carefully lighted to show the scalloped walls and the layers of limestone. The Tomo was the last feature of the cave to be formed and links the upper level to the Waitomo River below.

Time

  • Tours depart from 9am-5pm daily
  • Open from 9am daily, 365 days a year
  • Summer Hours: 9.00am - 5.30pm (End of October to Easter Monday)
  • Winter Hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • As tours depart every 30 minutes, please just turn up on the day with your voucher and you will be able to then attend the next tour time
  • Just over 2 hours south of Auckland, 1 hour south of Hamilton, and 2 hours west of Rotorua. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are situated 8km along Waitomo Caves Road, off State Highway 3
  • Tour is approximately 45 minutes in duration

What To Bring

  • Bring comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket

Additional Information

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves do not have wheelchair access
  • Please do not touch formations. Stalactites and stalagmites take a long time to form. They are easily discoloured by people touching them and the more fragile formations can break. Please help us protect the beauty of the cave.
  • To protect the cave atmosphere and for the enjoyment and consideration of others, we ask that you do not smoke in the cave.
  • All photography is strictly forbidden. This includes non-flash photography and video.
  • Keep quiet at all times, especially in the boat and on the jetties.

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience.
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
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Jack Rowe 6 months ago Travelling from Wellington to Auckland, we booked to stay overnight in Waitomo and before leaving we booked the Glowworm cave tour. This was a really interesting tour through the caves. My wife and I really enjoyed the tour and the boat ride through the caves to see all the Glowworms. The only issue we had was our 18-month-old daughter who would not stop talking through the boat ride where you're meant to be silent! Otherwise, a great tour!
Travelling from Wellington to Auckland
Jack Rowe 6 months ago

Travelling from Wellington to Auckland, we booked to stay overnight in Waitomo and before leaving we booked the Glowworm cave tour. This was a really interesting tour through the caves. My wife and I really enjoyed the tour and the boat ride through the caves to see all the Glowworms. The only issue we had was our 18-month-old daughter who would not stop talking through the boat ride where you're meant to be silent! Otherwise, a great tour!

The tour of the caves was well organised and the guides were friendly
Nicole Michel 2 years ago

The tour of the caves was well organised and the guides were friendly, knowledgeable and humorous. The caves were easy to navigate and the guide pointed out interesting features as we went through. The glowworm section was stunning, like being under a galaxy. I would have liked that part of the tour to be a little longer (although they say to allow 45 mins for the tour overall, that part was only a few minutes). It would also have been better if the group size was a little smaller as it was sometimes difficult to see some of the cave features being pointed out. Overall a worthwhile experience and worth the entry fee.

This was an incredible experience
Brittney 2 years ago

This was an incredible experience! I really enjoyed the tour as we were guided through the caves, taught about glowworms and cave, and even given a demonstration with the acoustics of the cave. The glowworms were mesmerising and floating past them in the boat in compete silence was an experience unlike any other. The only downside is the length of the tour, I wish it could have kept going! I'll definitely be exploring the other caves if I go back.

These glowworm caves are truely outstanding
Michelle 3 years ago

These glowworm caves are truely outstanding!! The boat ride through the grotto is so beautiful, quiet and offers a really beautiful and peaceful experience to the overall tour. The caves themselves are just fascinating with all the stalactites and stalactites and they are really breathtaking!! An attraction definitely not to be missed if travelling the central North Island of New Zealand!

Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.
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