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  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Leave the city bustle behind to witness a fabulous light show at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Marvel at the shimmering glow worms in the caves as you learn about the why they glow and how the caves were formed. Enjoy picturesque scenery en route to the caves and see highlights of the region such as Rangiriri, where British and Maori forces battled in 1863. Have time for lunch and to explore the Waitomo visitor complex before returning to Auckland in the afternoon.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to Waitomo Glowworm Caves, from Auckland
  • Take a guided 45-minute tour through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Get great photo ops of fantastical rock formations in the underground chambers
  • Learn from your expert guide about the history of the cave complex and what makes glow worms illuminate
  • Enjoy a short boat ride through Glowworm Grotto
  • Have time to explore the Waitomo visitor complex at your leisure
  • Have the option to pre-book a buffet lunch or purchase your own snacks at the café

What You Can Expect

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Discovery Tour from Auckland

Glowworm Grotto boat ride at Waitomo Glowworm Caves

After morning pickup at your Auckland hotel or the bus terminal, travel by comfortable coach for about two hours to reach Waitomo. Take in the picturesque scenery along the way as you travel through the rolling farmland of Waikato and King Country.

Your driver points out highlights of the region including the historically significant Rangiriri, where a major battle was fought between British and Maori forces in 1863 as part of the British effort to colonize the Waikato region.

When you arrive at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a local guide takes you on a 45-minute guided tour through the limestone caves. Walk through subterranean caverns where you see stalagmites, stalactites and other rock formations. Learn how the caves were formed as you take in the magnificent underground chambers. Your tour finishes with a short boat ride through Glowworm Grotto, where thousands of glowworms light up the darkness like tiny stars. Each strand that dangles from the rock is a living glow worm that emits light.

After your tour enjoy a buffet lunch (if option selected) or spend time in the visitor center before returning to Auckland in the afternoon. There is a café on-site with a limited menu if you would like to purchase lunch there.

At the designated time, meet your coach for the return trip to Auckland, where you are returned to your starting point in the afternoon.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2012

We really enjoyed the caves and those busy glowworms were really glowing!

4 star rating: Recommended February 2011

Two hour bus ride from Auckland CBD through beautiful country scenery. The drivers were quite informational and friendly. I enjoyed seeing the cave and was awed by the spectacle of the Glowworms! I would do it again one day
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