Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Scenic Lookout and Nature Preserve
Waitomo Caves
  • Yann Lin T.
    "Beautiful glow worm in cave"(5 Tips)
    "Ruakuri Cave was excellent with a great guide."(2 Tips)
    Jacinta H.
    "look into black water rafting"(2 Tips)
    Onyx M.
    "Our tour guide Rob was highly knowledgeable and friendly."(7 Tips)
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  • Roana
    RoanaOctober 6, 2016
    The Glow worm cave (45 mins) was nice as it included a short boat ride in the dark to see the glow worms. A magical experience. Ruakuri cave is longer (2 hours) but the walk is easy and interesting.
  • Ali A.
    Ali AndersonNovember 30, 2014
    Amazing tour! Do the black water canyoning - you will ab-sail, zip line, float, walk, and climb. Worth the ticket price for the experience. Staff is supper supportive and helpful the entire way.
  • Spasm S.
    Spasm StudioSeptember 13, 2015
    Nice place to visit. The Ruakuri and Aranui caves are definitely worth to visit along with the Waitomo Glowworm Cave. Shame on careless tourists who with their equipment manages to damage glowworms.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethJune 19, 2016
    Worth the visit but definitely overrated for the time it takes to arrive at the caves and the short time you're actually in the cave. If you can, go on a weekday, less busy.
  • Onyx M.
    Onyx MuellerSeptember 15, 2014
    Whereas some of the other tours do not allow it, you CAN take photos during the hour long Footwhistle Glowworm Cave walking tour. Our tour guide Rob was highly knowledgeable and friendly.
  • easegill
    easegillOctober 3, 2013
    Ruakuri Cave was excellent with a great guide. Glowworm Cave is a much shorter trip. Great display of glowworms but you only see them for a few minutes.
  • Faliq Nigelle K.
    Faliq Nigelle KhanApril 20, 2014
    Great place to visit. Very unique. You can't take photo's inside the cave but you can do it at the end of the boat ride. I'll give 7.5/10
  • Douglon T.
    Douglon TseOctober 1, 2015
    Super educational and beautiful. Just pray that you are with a quiet tour group or the noisy chatter will ruin the experience.
  • Persephone M.
    Beautiful although short visit. Check out the discounts in the AA magazines you find in the I-sites. We got a 20% discount.
  • Mimi
    MimiMarch 3, 2016
    You see more glow worms than a night sky filled with stars, it's absolutely divine. It's a bit sad how they don't let you record or take photos in this cave though.
  • Kass K.
    Kass KNovember 22, 2014
    One of my favourite experiences in New Zealand. A must do! Dry and wet options available
  • Hamilton & Waikato Region
    Millions of years in the making, Waitomo’s caves offer easy strolls and breathtaking boatrides under thousands of glowworms, or more adventurous experiences including Blackwater Rafting.
  • Robin H.
    Robin HwangDecember 25, 2016
    Decent cave tour to see the magical glow worms. No photos allowed inside caves.
  • Jolene G.
    Jolene GrizzleSeptember 15, 2015
    So amazing loved it only wish I could take a photo inside.
  • Ilusha Z.
    Ilusha ZaritskiyNovember 20, 2014
    Absolutely must see, The Glow Warm Cave is the easiest way to see a beautiful cavern full of the glowwarms.
  • Jamshed M.
    Jamshed MughalApril 9, 2015
    Don't let cameras into the cave, so take your best mental pictures :)
  • Lady H.
    Lady HobolinaJanuary 31, 2016
    Glowworm caves very eerie and peaceful experience.
  • Josh A.
    Josh AFebruary 21, 2015
    Awesome experience but too short. This is a magical place though!
  • L bomb
    L bombAugust 12, 2016
    Cool and fairly short (30 mins) tour.
  • Lewis S.
    Lewis S.November 29, 2014
    One of the best things I've done in New Zealand
  • Hamilton &.
    Hamilton & Waikato RegionJune 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    From glowworms to Black water rafting, Waitomo is underground experiences at their best
  • Mayank G.
    Mayank GuptaDecember 22, 2013
    Amazing experience, looks like stars in the sky
  • Paggy S.
    Paggy SJanuary 26, 2012
    Buy the combo online! Very nice place
  • Danny G.
    Danny GohDecember 5, 2013
    Be silent. Very silent.
  • Yann Lin T.
    Yann Lin TanMarch 22, 2014
    Beautiful glow worm in cave
  • Sebastian
    SebastianAugust 28, 2014
    Lame and overpriced. Do free waipu or abbey caves in northland instead if you can.
  • AFiq N.
    AFiq NuruDdinOctober 25, 2014
    closed at 0500
  • Alina M.
    Alina Maatjes-SiletskayaDecember 27, 2014
    Skip the mediocre food and drinks.
  • Jacinta H.
    Jacinta HoareMarch 14, 2010
    look into black water rafting
  • Gerardo L.
    Gerardo LourdesJune 1, 2016
    Increíble la cueva de los gusanos, algo único en el mundo!
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