4.5 star rating: Recommended 152 Reviews

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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 170 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes

From USD $216.72

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 244 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 13 hours

From USD $209.88
From USD $656.31
From USD $1,117.77

Black Water Rafting Waitomo Caves Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

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

From USD $86.31
From USD $268.68

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Discovery Tour from Auckland

4 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $167.50

5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Location: Auckland or Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 5 days

From USD $1,161.53

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 28 Reviews

Location: Auckland, concludes in Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $170.91

Rotorua to Auckland via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Location: Rotorua, concludes Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

From USD $164.08

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