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1-Hour Guided Tour of Aranui Cave Waitomo provided by Waitomo Glowworm Caves

1-Hour Guided Tour of Aranui Cave Waitomo

1-Hour Guided Tour of Aranui Cave Waitomo
4.5
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from £28.27 per adult
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Last updated: 31 Jul 2020
A note from 1-Hour Guided Tour of Aranui Cave Waitomo
Covid Practices: We will be requesting all visitors sign in upon arrival for contact tracing, we will be maintaining social distancing and implementing cleaning practices throughout the day as well as hand sanitizer
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3930P8
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Local guide • Entry/Admission - Aranui Cave
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
1h
Departure details
39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand Departure Point: Ruakuri Scenic Reserve Car Park Address: 39 Waitomo Village Rd, Waitomo 3977, New Zealand Dates: See Availability
Inclusions
Local guide • Entry/Admission - Aranui Cave
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand Departure Point: Ruakuri Scenic Reserve Car Park Address: 39 Waitomo Village Rd, Waitomo 3977, New Zealand Dates: See Availability
Duration
1h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
All you will need are comfortable shoes and a warm jacket.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 21 travellers
Popular mentions

4.5
11 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Ralph W
33 contributions
55 years since last visit
I was last here as a kid with my parents.

This visit was absolutely fantastic. Guide Hiria was truly amazing. Showed a genuine interest in every individual person. Made us all feel really welcome. Thorough knowledge and a stunning singing voice in the cathedral cave. What a lovely lady.
Highly recommend taking the time to see all the gloworms on the boat trip.
Excellent.
Written 25 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Crayeater
Hamilton, New Zealand46 contributions
This is not the glow worm cave, but equally as good in different ways
Dec 2020
It seems the other reviews for these caves are all about the glowworm one with the boat ride. Understandable, as you buy the combo ticket for both at the glow worm cave entrance. We did both as a combo and this cave is just as worthwhile as visiting the glow worm one as they are very different.
The Aranui cave is short bush walk from the meeting point and not at all touristy. Our guides, Kim was in training, were entertaining, knowledgeable and proud to be local. As this cave system does not have glowworms you can take as many photos as you like.
Written 9 December 2020
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Ste7373
Chesterield, Derbyshire162 contributions
Peaceful and Interesting
Mar 2020
This was a really interesting tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. You see some stunning scenery. The best part is the glow worms at the end of the tour when you sail through the caves on a small boat..... so soothing and peaceful. Well worth a visit.
FYI - We did this tour and Hobbiton on the same day by hiring a car in Auckland. This saved us doing them off our cruise.
Written 30 March 2020
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474lovetoeat474
Canada58 contributions
Glowworms get a 5 but the tour a 2
Feb 2020
We did the tour on February 29th. Our group wasn't huge, maybe 20 of us. The cave was interesting and the glowworms fascinating, however the tour itself was disappointing.

Our guide was a Maori gentleman and he was more focused on the need to be quiet rather than guiding. He talked so quietly it was hard to hear a lot of what he said. There was a family in our group with two children (approx 4 and 6 yrs old), and the guide constantly shhh'd them, even though they were very well behaved and not loud at all. If they even whispered to their parents during his talk he would shhh them. We felt so badly for the parents. The shhhing became so distracting we could hardly wait for the end; literally every third of fourth word he said was "shhhh" during his talk, even when no one was making a sound. The guide with the group behind us was not nearly as quiet and we heard more of her talk than our own! And the group ahead of us sang at the one point and it echoed through the entire cave. But he still wanted us to be silent. If any amount of sound disturbs the glowworms that much, then tours probably shouldn't be done at all. Period.

The boat ride was lovely, the glowworms beautiful but he had very sternly warned us that there could be absolutely no sound at all during the ride. We were almost afraid to breathe. When he pulled up to let us out, another man helped us out of the boat and the guide turned the boat around and left. Not one work said to let us know the tour was over. We all sort of looked at each other and said "I guess that's it". Perhaps another guide would have made our experience much better, but as it was I would go elsewhere to see glowworms.

I am really glad that this stop was along the way of our travels. I wouldn't go out of my way for it.
Written 26 March 2020
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Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to place feedback. We apologise that you felt the guides and service wasn't up to standard and we will pass on your feedback to ensure a great experience for future visitors. Each of our caves have unique qualities. Ruakuri has the most compelling subterranean experiences, and Aranui Cave offers the most beautiful collection of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations. If you are after even more diversity you should visit The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co to abseil underground into the caves, zipline, float down underground rivers and get up close with the glowworms. Nga mihi,
Written 27 March 2020
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zjmh
Kintyre Peninsula, UK38 contributions
Fascinating
Feb 2020 • Family
Loved the tour! Thought we would all freak out in the cave but the guide put us at ease. Even our youngest got over her fear! It's really interesting and quite amazing to see the glowing lights from the glowworms.
Loved the green screen pics although some were of places we hadn't been 😆😆
Written 11 February 2020
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Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to place feedback. We are glad you had a wonderful experience with us at the caves. Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again! Nga mihi,
Written 14 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

42golf56_9
Coatesville, PA367 contributions
Nice tour, lots of people
Nov 2019
It was raining at the time of our tour but that was not an issue. Boarding the boat in the cave was reasonable, not unsteady. The tour guide was competent and the glowworm view was wonderful. The guides are well equipped to handle the busloads of people that come for this tour.
Written 2 December 2019
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Kia Ora Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your tour and hope to see you again soon. Nga Mihi
Written 10 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Quest288652
3 contributions
Guided tours
Nov 2019 • Couples
The walking tour inside the cave with a guide was amazing. We saw so many glo worms. The guide was very knowledgeable and patient.
Written 22 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia Ora Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your tour and hope to see you again. Nga Mihi
Written 10 December 2019
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keefenkong
Kota Kinabalu111 contributions
Educational and interesting worms
Oct 2019
The walk into cave is easy and good for all ages. The walk is dry and firm. Boarding the boat is steady and easy too. The rock formation was fantastic. Highly recommended.
Written 6 November 2019
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Kia Ora, Thanks for taking the time to place feedback. It's great to see you really enjoyed yourself with us here in Waitomo and we hope to see you again in the future! Nga mihi,
Written 14 December 2019
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Brenda S
Sergeant Bluff, IA24 contributions
One Hour Cave Tour
Jun 2019 • Family
We stopped for the one hour cave tour and it was very beautiful. The glowworms were absolutely breathtaking as we've never seen anything like it. It was raining the day we stopped so we did have to hurry to shelter after we finished our tour but it wasn't too far. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we were able to get on the boat right away without waiting.
Written 24 July 2019
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Kia Ora Thank you so much for your feedback. I am very glad you enjoyed your tour. Nga Mihi
Written 9 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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Ilovetheatre
Ilovetheatre
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Unique experience
We visited here Dec 2019....and loved every minute of this day. The tour staff were informative and funny also. The
daregirlzone7
daregirlzone7
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Phenomenal - totally loved it
Nothing short of a phenomenal experience! Cold and dreary day so decided to head here on our way to Taupo instead
David and Carol T
David and Carol T
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Cave trip
Great limestone caving and underground boat trip to see the glow worms. The guides were very friendly and informati
amandamarsh07
amandamarsh07
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Incredible
We had a tour with Hīria today! She was absolutely incredible. So informative, friendly and so knowledgeable. Wait
Nawton
Nawton
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Caves
Corey our guide even did a rendition of Po Kare Kare Ana in the cathedral, A little slow but he was patient and car
juliod258
juliod258
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Must see
1. The cave was majestic 2. The glowworms were magical 3. Our guides and the ticket staff were awesome (one guide
Woochester
Woochester
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Waitomo Caves
Just been to Waitomo Caves. So impressed by the guide and the whole experience. Easy walking and enough light to se
WCOB
WCOB
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Iconic boat ride
It's been many years since I last visited. It was enjoyable as there were only nine people on the tour. The guide w
melanieminkywhale
melanieminkywhale
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Magical must do!
Our experience underground in the Waitomo Glowworm caves was beyond exceptional. Our guide Moi was fantastic from s
Havinfun365
Havinfun365
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Excellent time
Amazing place! Moi was a great and fun guide and had a real passion for the caves.The price is phenomenal for all t
1999Anabel
1999Anabel
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Waitomo caves
It was wonderful to see the glow worms during the very short boat trip - almost surreal. It’s an outstanding intern
pracatan77
pracatan77
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Magical Experience
A magical experience deep underground, seeing some wonderful sights. Moi our host was fantastic and gave us an inf
Jessewoodcock12
Jessewoodcock12
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Amazing
We absolutely loved the tour! Corey was amazing and was so passionate about it which made it so much more special.
CushlaH_13
CushlaH_13
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Glow worms and caves stunning
Our 4 year old daughter loved the glow worm cave tour and boat ride. The tour was an hour but it moved quickly enou
Ashleigh R
Ashleigh R
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Incredible experience
Climbing down into a cave isn't something that I thought I would ever do. I was slightly nervous but it was so wort
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