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Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Explore this amazing underground world on a fully guided tour of the Waitomo Caves, including a visit through the breathtaking starry wonderland of the Glow Worm Grotto.

Explore this amazing underground world on a fully guided tour of the Waitomo Caves, including a visit through the breathtaking starry wonderland of the Glow Worm Grotto.

Your guided tour will take you through over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery commencing with the impressive Cathedral. Your tour begins at the upper entrance of the cave and proceeds along a low narrow passage to the Tomo, a deep limestone shaft.

Other magnificent cave formations include the Banquet Chamber, the Pipe Organ and the Catacombs. The highlight of your tour is an unrivalled boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto.

As your eyes adjust to the dark, the walls and roof sparkle with the lights of glowworm larvae. Glide silently through the starry wonderland of the glowworm grotto, your way lit by a myriad of tiny glowworm lights glittering, and reflecting off the water.

Your experienced tour guide will deliver a highly informative commentary about the formations and the history of the area.

The cave is easily accessible to those with reasonable mobility, with good handrails and paths.

Tour concludes approximately 45 minutes after commencement, back at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre.

Experience Includes

  • 45 minute guided tour of the caves
  • Boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto
  • Entry to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Entertaining and informative commentary throughout your tour

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel transfers
  • Optional gratuities
  • Refreshments
  • Photographs (available for purchase after your tour)

Departs

Daily, year round.

Departure location

Waitomo Glowworm, 39 Waitomo Village Road.

Start times

Every half hour from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Duration

Approximately 45 minutes.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please note that no cameras are allowed in the caves but a photographer will take photos on your tour which are available for purchase after your tour.
  • Early and late tours are generally less crowded.
  • The caves are easily accessible to those with reasonable mobility, and have good handrails and paths for visitors.
  • Dress for time spent in the caves. A warm jacket is recommended as it is generally cooler underground. Please wear strong, suitable footwear.
  • Tour concludes approximately 45 minutes after commencement, back at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre.
  • Please report to the ticket office 10 minutes before tour departs.