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  • Address: 39 Waitomo Caves Road
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Prices vary for each tour

The Waitomo Caves offer an exciting underworld experience in New Zealand. There are a variety of activities to partake in and the fascinating cave system with its geological wonders and fantastic creatures to explore.

Climb through the long galleries and lofty chambers to view stalactites formed over thousands of years by the constant dripping of water. The cave system itself is over two million years old.

A highlight of the caves is the glowworm grotto; illuminated by thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling, it is a magical place.

If you seek an adventure that plays with your senses and provides an unforgettable thrill then try abseiling (rappelling) into the awesome limestone tomb to experience the adrenaline rush as you clamber and scramble up through the black abyss and waterfalls in your pursuit of daylight.

Other tours offer the chance to float on an inner tube through the maze of underground rivers then rush through a downhill river system to emerge in Waitomo forest.

Practical Info

Waitomo Caves are a 2-hour drive from Auckland. If you’re not hiring a car there are sightseeing buses or plenty of tours that will provide you with transport to Waitomo Caves, along with activities while you're there.

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Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 64 Reviews

See two magical places come to life on this day tour from Auckland. First explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be entranced by the thousands of twinkling ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $274.86

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 176 Reviews

See all the highlights of the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua in one day. You'll take a guided tour of Waitomo Caves stalactites and glowworms, and see Rotorua's ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $246.46

5-Day Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Do and see it all on a five-day adventure from Auckland that takes you to Waitangi, Rotorua, Waitomo and Middle-earth! Your journey reveals the history and ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,324.18

2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island on a two-day escape from Auckland. From Rotorua’s famous geysers and the glowing ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $700.94

5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Journey through the North Island of New Zealand and explore Waitomo, Rotorua and Lake Taupo, and discover the natural beauty of Kaikoura and Christchurch on ...  Read more

Location: Auckland or Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,381.82

Black Water Rafting Waitomo Caves Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

If you seek an adventure tour that plays with your senses and provides an unforgettable thrill then this tour is for you. Choose between the Black Abyss or the ...  Read more

Location: Waitomo, New Zealand
Duration: 3-hours or 5-hours

From USD $104.43

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 24 Reviews

Explore New Zealand’s famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a one-way day trip from Auckland to Rotorua! Along the way, you’ll have morning tea in historic ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, concludes in Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $201.34

Rotorua to Auckland via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Depart Rotorua in the morning and travel over the scenic Mamaku Ranges as the tour heads west to Waitomo. As you leave Rotorua, the coach will travel through ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, concludes Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $192.99

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Discovery Tour from Rotorua

3 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Explore the mystical Waitomo Glowworm Caves, discover the galleries and lofty chambers and take a boat ride through the Glowworm grotto – lit up by thousands ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.58

Waitomo Glowworm Tour at Footwhistle Cave

Experience a glowworm light show among the fantastical rock formations of Footwhistle cave, an extensive cave system in Waitomo. Glowworms create a starry glow ...  Read more

Location: Waitomo, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.95

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