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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2012

overall the tour was good but we only had EXACTLY enough time to do the glowworm caves. we didnt even have 5 minitues to look in the gift shop! i felt rushed and disappointed as we will not be returning.

3 star rating: Worth doing
July 2011

Good start to our trip

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
April 2014

The Waitomo Caves are spectacular; the rest of the trip (mostly through charming agricultural lands) could have been seen just as easily by car or local bus and the guide seemed uninformed about the remarkable features of the landscape and native forests in the vicinity. The air conditioner was not functioning and other riders were complaining although it did not seem all that humid to us.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
December 2011

Great tour guide and bus driver.
Food not so good though. There was not actual morning tea, they just handed a muffin at the start of the trip. Lunch was not better.
I would recommend people to buy something fresh at the Waitomo Caves for lunch or to take some sandwiches/Fruits with you.
Expensive considering that you only get off the bus for 30 minutes to visit the Waitomo Caves but you get to see a lot of the country side.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2011

Expensive for what we got. I'm sure some if not all the "glow worms" are in fact LED lights as the worms would be too disturbed by all the tourist activity to glow as they appear to do. Driver was helpful

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
April 2009

The tour guide did an excellent job, the caves were not what I had expected, if I had the chance to do it over I probably would've gone black water rafting instead.

Clare B
United Arab Emirates

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
September 2007

The cave is interesting and the glow worms look really good, but it only took about 45 minutes to go round. Convenient way to get around the country though.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
April 2012

The driver refused to drop me at my hotel despite the fact that I had paid for that service and he dropped everyone else staying in Rotorua. The driver never shut up for the whole journey which was a bit trying after the first few hours. The glow worms were good.

Janice B

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
July 2010

We brought a buffet lunch but that was changed to lunch on the bus which was a not very nice at all & water to go with it the driver was new we think as was shocking to listen to talking to us plus people were later to board so driver was in a bad mood right from the start had been looking forward to the trip but was not happy about the outcome



1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2007

The tour was overpriced and very disappointing. Even though we got to Rotorua an hour earlier than scheduled, the bus driver refused to drop us off at our accommodation because it wasn't a standard drop off location.

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