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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

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  • Discover New Zealand's famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a guided boat trip
  • Learn the science behind these mysterious glowing creatures, known as 'Arachnocampa luminosa'
  • Marvel at a virtual 'constellation' of glowworms above your head in the Glowworm Grotto
  • Explore this massive cave complex on foot, including a chance to visit Cathedral Cave
  • Hear about the geology and history of the caves from your guide
  • Once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Great way to explore the unique natural beauty of New Zealand
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Come visit a New Zealand attraction that’s sure to have you ‘glowing’ during this 45-minute small-group guided boat ride through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Glide by boat through this underground complex, enjoying a light show put on by the millions of tiny bioluminescent insects hanging above. As an added bonus, many of the trip guides are of Maori descent, adding unique historical context to your visit.
What to Expect
Begin your visit at the Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, picking one of the range of tour departure times that work best for your schedule. Then prepare to experience the magic of this unexpected subterranean adventure.
Start your glowworm experience by exploring the giant cave complex on foot, stopping to visit its ‘Cathedral Cave,’ a site renowned for its unique acoustics and striking cave features. Then step aboard your boat to continue your adventure.
You’ll silently cruise through the Glowworm Grotto, marveling at the star-like constellation of bioluminescent insects that seem to twinkle like an eerie blue version of the nighttime sky. Your guide will provide details about the insects themselves, known by their scientific name of Arachnocampa luminosa, and share insights into the geologic and historical background of the cave complex.
Leave the caves after your 45-minute underground journey, still marveling at the mysterious beauty of these surprising insects.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our visit to the Waitomo caves was awesome! The tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable (thanks Ashley & Huia), we really enjoyed our time there ! Kia Ora!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank HuriaR2
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went here with some of the family. The overall experience was great, the weather was terrible but only put a damper on things when we came out as the cafe was not fully covered and the table and chairs wet so we did not...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Cindermargot
Reviewed 5 days ago

The glow worms are no doubt epic! What wasn’t epic was the tour guide who seems to have been on a power trip larger than The Donald. Would I do this again? Yeah, I probably would, but I’d hope to not have ‘Uncle Tony’ as...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank flyfishingfoo
Reviewed 3 May 2019

Waltomo Glowworm / Aranui Combo. Aranui caves interesting but if you have seen stalagmites and stalactites before then I suggest miss it out. Waltimo glowworm caves amazing and well organised.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KRBC
Reviewed 31 January 2019

A must see, just for the glow worm spectacle. Good informative tour, although I think its popularity says its a little too crowded. Unfortunately our guides torch / flash light battery went dead. So the tour went a bit flat too. But still managed to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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7 May 2019|
Response from JamesUKUSA69 | Reviewed this property |
yes, can't see why not. Although a child might not enjoy the darkness of the whole experience.
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