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  • Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)
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 of tiny living lights.

Highlights

  • 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

Depart Rotorua in the morning and travel over the scenic Mamaku Ranges as the tour heads west to Waitomo. Enjoy a gourmet lunch-box aboard the bus as you travel through the picturesque countryside to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, passing by beautiful Lake Karapiro, popular for kayaking and rowing.

On arrival at the caves, start your tour by exploring the main chambers. View the impressive stalactites and stalagmites, created by the constant dripping of water over thousands of years. Later, board your boat and head down river to the grotto. As your eyes become accustomed to the darkness, you will see a faint band of light that surrounds you, these are the glowworms. Be entranced by thousands of tiny living lights hanging like ropes of pearls from the ceiling of the cave.

After your caves tour, re-board the coach for your return journey to Rotorua. passing through the Fitzgerald Glade, a section of the highway where the native bush grows right up to the roadside and the trees form a canopy overhead like a tunnel.

Customer Reviews

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.

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