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

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Discovery Tour from Rotorua

Discover the subterranean galleries and lofty chambers of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a 6-hour guided tour from Rotorua. Ride a boat into the Glowworm Grotto and learn about the limestone formations and their tiny inhabitants that illuminate the darkness with thousands of living lights. Round-trip hotel transport includes a scenic drive through the Mamaku Ranges and Fitzgerald Glade. Upgrade to include a boxed lunch on board.


  • Sightseeing day-tour from Rotorua to discover the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
  • See Fitzgerald Glade, where trees have formed a tunnel of natural greenery arching over the road.
  • Take a 45-minute guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • See vaulted caverns, stalactites and stalagmites and hear how these limestone formations were created over millions of years.
  • Enjoy boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean cavern illuminated by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms

What You Can Expect

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Discovery Tour from Rotorua

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Your day trip to New Zealand’s famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves begins with coach pickup from your Rotorua hotel in the morning. Take a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside, heading west to Waitomo for a 45-minute guided tour of the vaulted caverns and limestone formations created over thousands of years. 

En route, drive through the Mamaku Ranges and pass by Lake Karapiro, and enjoy a gourmet lunch-box (if option selected) aboard the bus.

Upon reaching the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, follow your guide underground to explore the main chamber decorated with dripping stalactites and stalagmites. Then take a small riverboat into the Glowworm Grotto, where you’ll notice thousands of faint lights hanging like strands of pearls from the cave ceiling and lighting the darkness. 

Learn about the source of this luminescence before returning to the coach for the drive back to Rotorua. You’ll pass through the tunnel-like canopy of enchanting Fitzgerald Glade before drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing!


4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

Very good tour overall, most time spent with drive to and from Rotorua. The cave tour very good,a little short and not allow any photography or video. Glowworns fantastic viewing.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2012

The caves are amazing and very peaceful. Once your eyes become accustomed to the darkness, the glowworms are revealed. Well worth a visit.

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2014

Caves are fantastic! Gloworms are amazing!
Your guides are knowledgable!
If you like action and adventure, then this tour may be too soft for you, and you should consider other tours that involve climbing, abseiling etc. you cannot take pictures in the cave, which was disappointing.

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2011

Interesting tour. Too big of a group on the tour making it difficult to hear the tour guide. The tour is only 45 minutes. The bus ride from Rotorua was 2 hours each way.

United Kingdom

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2010

It was ok but not sure if the trip truely does the price justice.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better February 2012

The tour to the caves was very short.That day,the bus broke down,so since the company had to bring another bus,we lost 25 minutes and we reached the caves shortly before 10 a.m.The tour was only 45 minutes and then the drivers hurried us back to the bus to Rotorua in less than 10 minutes.We didn't have time to look around.In addition,the driver that was driving us back to Rotorua didn't stop talking over the mike for 2 hours all the way to Rotorua.It is OK to be informative and give details about the country,but his commentary was too much.So,we actually spent 4 hours on the bus back and forth and only 45 minutes in the caves.Not worth it!

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