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Glow Worm Motel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Waitomo Caves
Reviewed 15 March 2012

My wife & I stayed here beginning of last year & We wouldnt stay here again as it was very dirty & rundown. Worst Motel I have ever stayed in. The owner said he had just cleaned the swimming pool but it had green Slim all over it & leaves in water. Never again. But The owners were Friendly & Polite. The unit had wallpaper hanging down & a very noisy night as right next to Hywy 3.

Room Tip: Dont even Stop at Glow Worm Motel.
  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Ferrit47
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Stayed here one night while visiting the caves. The place is very run down and in real need of some TLC. The apartment we stayed in was relatively clean, but not the standard of cleanliness we'd come to expect in New Zealand. Although not a major deal, the owner had dusted the TV stand or bedside tables in quite a while! My friend went to check out the pool and came back say it was pretty dirty.

The location was also right next to the road so quite noisy at night as all the trucks seemed to come through at that time!!!

But, at just $100 a night for a two bed apartment, you get what you pay for....

Room Tip: If there is no where else to stay than get a room away from the road...
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Louise B
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

I had an extended break in the area and stayed for the whole duration at Glowworm. Very friendly staff who go out of their way for you (nothing is too much trouble). Room was tidy, clean and warm and had everything I needed for a great stay. Price was very reasonable and is value for money for anyone. I will definately be coming back the next time I am in the area. Great kiwi hospitality.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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4  Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

The hotel is very very run down and need of a big investment. Also it is on the main highway and can get very noisy. The plus is the owners are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are a good size. For th price it is poor value

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank MyThoughtsSydney
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Reviewed 10 December 2011

Nice quiet place. My unit was clean and spaceous. The owner was very friendly and helpful with information regarding the area and various attractions. Enjoyable stay and worth the money spent.

Room Tip: Self contained units with kitchenette, shower and toilet.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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5  Thank Elizabeth361
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

The Glowworm Motel was conveniently located for us to black water rafting. Staff was friendly and very hospital. We felt welcomed and safe. The beds have heating pads under the sheets which is extra nice, especially after a cold day of black water rafting. Our room was clean and we were even provided with free creamer for our coffee. There is free wifi in the rooms, which is a rare find. Laundry facilities available. I would stay here again and highly recommend.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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5  Thank danielle c
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

This was our stopping point for the caves. We were only there one night, but we enjoyed it very much. As mentioned in other reviews, the place is a bit dated, but a good value and very comfortable and clean. It's a very short drive to the caves. Our room had a nice kitchen. The host was excellent and very knowledgeable about the area. He gave great suggestions to match our visit time and tour schedule, which worked out perfectly. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank Steven W
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Additional Information about Glow Worm Motel

Address: 1 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Waitomo Caves
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Waitomo Caves
Price Range: £50 - £70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Glow Worm Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable accommodation close to the world-famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. 9 fully self-contained ground-floor units, all with full kitchens, serviced daily. ... more   less 
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