Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above, as you glide silently by boat in the world of famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Guided since the late 1880s, this is the original, iconic NZ attraction.

$48.00 - $89.00

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The Waitomo region is home to unforgettable sightseeing attractions. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 125 years of cultural and natural history. Our expert guides will draw you into this awesome environment, sharing the Caves' historical and geological significance.

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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.
More than 30 million years ago, the legend of Waitomo began with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand's most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination.


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Physical address

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Caves Road, Otorohanga, Waitomo Caves, Hamilton - Waikato, 3977, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
7 days. Aranui cave is closed on Christmas Day (25th December). Tours depart every half hour: 9am -5pm. From Labour Weekend to Easter Monday: 9am - 5.30pm. (There is one additional tour at 8pm from 26 December - 28 February). Tours depart daily - 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

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Pricing and Conditions

Adult $48.00 - $89.00
Further pricing information:
WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES Adult $48. Child (4-14 yrs inclusive) $21. Child (3 yrs & under) FOC. Family (2 adults / 2 children*) $115. TWO CAVE VISIT – WAITOMO & ARANUI Adult $65. Child (4 -14 yrs inclusive)$29. Child (3 yrs & under)FOC. Family (2 adults / 2 children*) $149. TWO CAVE VISIT – WAITOMO & RUAKURI Adult $79. Child (4 -14 yrs inclusive)$29. Child (3 yrs & under)FOC. Family (2 adults / 2 children*) $179. THREE CAVE VISIT – WAITOMO & ARANUI & RUAKURI Adult $89. Child (4 -14 yrs inclusive)$39. Child (3 yrs & under)FOC. Family $115. Reservations must clearly state: The tour reference or client details Specify number of adults/children/preschooler pax The date of visit Time of arrival Method of payment Nationality Conditions of Reservations: Due to cave capacity and operational restrictions, reservations for groups are essential, especially during peak hours 10.00am – 2.00pm). Arriving without a reservation may mean delays for your group. Tours on the hour and half hour are kept free for FIT's. Tour groups can depart at 5 mintue intervals.

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Simplified) YES NO
Japanese YES NO
Korean YES NO
Spanish YES NO

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