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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

39 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo, Waikato 3977 New Zealand

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Thu 9a-5:30p
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“Discover the magical Waitomo Caves.”

World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.

The glowworm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.

THE BOAT RIDE Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene ambience by tiny glowworms that light your way.

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August 29, 2014
Rated 5.0

These caves were formed over 30 million years ago and I haven't been but heard they're absolutely spectacular! Definitely a must.

Waitomo Caves are generally a detour but they aren't actually that far from Auckland (200 km) or a 2.5 hour drive from Waitomo. Hamilton is only an hour away.

There are apparently some back country roads leading to the Caves but the easiest way is to approach them on SH 3, whether from the south or north, and then turn onto SH 37 at Hangatiki (SH 37), between Te Kuiti and Otorohanga. Waitomo is well sign-posted. There are also loads of bus tours if that makes it easier.

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Rebecca Radnor

  • 17 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
May 05, 2019
Rated 5.0

Totally worth it, even my friend who grew up seeing these was gob blasted

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Jason Ellis

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
November 12, 2016

It was worth the trip. Went on 11/12/16 and the water temp was a bit chilly at 52 degrees but you get a wetsuit that helped with the cold somewhat. If you are claustrophobic than do not go. You are not allowed to bring cameras or GoPros.

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

39 Waitomo Caves Road
3977 New Zealand


Open now until 5:30 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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