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Places to see glow worms other than Waitomo?

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Places to see glow worms other than Waitomo?

My mom and I are planning our first trip to Australia/New Zealand in Mar 2013. We'll be doing a cruise from Sydney and winding up in Auckland, where we are spending 4-5 days. We wanted to do a day trip to Waitomo and Rotorua but that seems like it would be a very long day and pricey as well. Our cruise ship will dock at Tauranga, and now we are looking at visiting Rotorua from there instead. But we did want to see glow worms. I was reading and it seems like there are glow worms all over NZ - can anyone recommend an "alternate" location where we could see glow worms that is closer to Auckland?

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1. Re: Places to see glow worms other than Waitomo?

Nikau Cave is another place that is fairly close to Auckland (1.5 hours) and way less touristy than Waitomo.....

http://nikaucave.co.nz/

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2. Re: Places to see glow worms other than Waitomo?

There is one just south of Paihia and cheap az

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3. Re: Places to see glow worms other than Waitomo?

The one south of Paihia is at Kawiti (it is just of SH1, just south of Kawakawa).

http://kawiticaves.co.nz/

I didn't mention that one as it is actually a slightly longer drive from Auckland than Waitomo (2hr 45 min to get to Kawiti, 2hr 30 min to Waitomo)

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