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Discover your moment of magic in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour. Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history.


Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world.

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves tours are made up of two levels. The upper being dry and decorated with stunning, delicate cave formations and the lower level consisting of stream passages, glowworms and the Cathedral, the tallest chamber in the cave.

Many of our guides are direct descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave, bringing the cave to life through story-telling and explaining the history, features and legends of the world-famous cave.


  • NZD$55 Adult

  • NZD$25 Child

  • NZD$136 Family

  • NZD$20 Extra Child

Essential Information

  • 39 Waitomo Village Rd, Waitomo Caves

  • +64 7 878 8228
    0800 456 922​

  • Open from 9am daily, 365 days a year

  • Tour departs every 30 minutes daily

  • Bookings essential

Departure Information

  • Current Departure Times:
    Open from 9am daily, 365 days a year

  • Tours depart every 30 minutes daily from 9am, plus additional tours in summer (to be confirmed at booking). Allow 45 minutes.

  • Check in 30 minutes prior to tour departure

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