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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves have been guided since 1889 and occupy a high place in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. Stare in wonder at the thousands of illuminating...more
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39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

it's named as the GLOWWORM cave, but you only get to see actual glowworms for a mere 5 to 10 minutes out of the 45 minutes guided tour. that 5 minutes of glowworms viewing on the boat is a nice experience, but still doesn't justify...More

Thank Mia F
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice little easy guided hike through the caves and caverns ending with an amazing boat tour. We saw tons and tons of glowworms and it was an amazing site. Easy parking right across the road (with an under-road tunnel connecting the parking lot to the...More

Thank Jeffrey S
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for the feedback, we will pass this on to ensure a great experience for future visitors.

Reviewed 6 days ago

Not sure what my wife an i were expecting but was much shorter than we hoped. We had the first tour of the day. see when we are at out first stop we had a large amount of glow worms out and was so amazing....More

1  Thank mrlogboy
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for the feedback, we will pass this on to ensure a great experience for future visitors.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I did the black water rafting tour here to see the Glowworms, initially the water was cold, but they provided the wet suit and helmet with a light, after a few minutes, the wetsuit kept me warm and comfortable. Had an amazing adventure exploring the...More

Thank Don P
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora Don, Thanks for visiting us! Head to the Black water rafting trip advisor for feedback. Hope to see you here again.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Short and sweet intro to the caves. 10min Boat ride not ideal for babies and toddlers - it is dark and has to be to appreciate the glow worms. Might scare them and ruins the experience for the others.

1  Thank Penny S
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora Penny, Thank you for taking the time to post feedback. We will pass this on to ensure a great experience for future visitors.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Tour was around 45 mins long but you were only on a boat to see glowworms for like 5 minutes so keep that in mind before you book. But the glowworms was stunningly beautiful but sadly you could not take any photos which was...More

1  Thank tamluong91
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to post feedback. Our tour is formatted to include a bit of everything, formations, history and our famous Glowworms. We will pass on your feedback to ensure a great experience for future visitors.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my 8 and 11 year olds to see the caves. The first part of the tour didn't rate all that well with my children but once we saw the glow worm strings and then got on the boat it was amazing and far...More

1  Thank Phaedra571
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to post feedback. Hope to see you here again!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the tube ride through the caves in wet-suits and helmet lamps. This was by far the most authentic cave experience we have ever done. No handrails, no boats - just you in a tube floating through an underground cave. It was thrilling, scary...More

1  Thank Amy T
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Amy, Thank you for taking the time to post such a great review! Please head to our Black Water Rafting trip advisor to post this, Thankyou.

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband remembered the caves from his visit when he was 5 and was anxious to return. I thought it was overrated and overpriced. Maybe because it was the last tour of the day, but our guide was done with the tour in less than...More

1  Thank Cindy B
Discover_Waitomo, contact center at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora we apologize this was a part of your experience, this is unusual. We try our best to accommodate everybody's expectation. We will pass this feedback onto our ops team.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had to pose for a picture before we went in which I hate... It turned out that I became invisible as I was wearing a green jacket (which they didn't say to take off due to the picture being put onto a fake background) The...More

1  Thank Katie D
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Katie, Thank you for taking the time to post feedback. We do our best to offer a tour suited to everyone, but we understand the format cannot meet everyone's personal expectations. As for the photography, we have the Ruakuri Cave and Aranui cave...More

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Jimmy O
10 October 2018|
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Response from Nicci1978 | Reviewed this property |
probably not it can take 3 hours just to get to hamilton from auckland at the moment
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rw2830
22 September 2018|
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Response from rfranko888 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We only did the main cave, where you do the boat ride. The boat is at the very end of the tour. The place where you can buy tickets will give you good advice on which tour to take for your interests. The only one where... More
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carlyleclan
1 September 2018|
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Response from jessec00k | Reviewed this property |
They are two different caves and two different experiences. You still see glow worms in each but they are really awesome. Waitomo are amazing and have guides pick you up so make sure you talk to them so that your not missing... More
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MelbSur
28 June 2018|
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Response from atanu s | Reviewed this property |
Melbsur, I have done Ruakuri and I loved it. Cant speak for Aranui since I havnt done it, but I am sure you will enjoy Ruakuri if you choose it. 1.5-2hr walking through the caves, pretty relaxed pace, no crowds, highly... More
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Rachel C
15 June 2018|
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Response from everyfurthermile | Reviewed this property |
We also went black water rafting and saw glow worms in Waitomo Caves. It was a great experience for those who aren't afraid of tight spaces and floating and wading through water that you can't see or really even know how far... More
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