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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 and Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $164
Duration: 12 hours
Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $160
Duration: 11 hours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves Reviews
This was a fair way off our route round North Island, but we were glad we made the effort. Not recommended for anyone with poor mobility but the boat ride at the end of the tour was stunning. A shame.... more »
As beautiful as seeing the glowworms is, and the caves ofc, experience really could better. I understand, it is a business, but i was expecting more. Btw, those badly photoshopped souvenir photos..... 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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