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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

Come visit a New Zealand attraction that’s sure to have you ‘glowing’ during this 45-minute small-group guided boat ride through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Glide by boat through this underground complex, enjoying a light show put on by the millions of tiny bioluminescent insects hanging above. As an added bonus, many of the trip guides are of Maori descent, adding unique historical context to your visit.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo

Experience one of the wonders of New Zealand’s natural world on this 3-hour glowworm caving adventure in Waitomo. Choose a morning or afternoon tour, then pult on your boots and helmet before heading through the pretty Mangapu Gorge to the Mangarongapu Cave with a guide. With your headlamp to light the way, hike around huge boulders and through shallow streams, and marvel at the millions of bright green glowworms illuminating the rocky limestone. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to six people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Waitomo Caves Adventures

Experience the thrill of black-water rafting and caving in a safe yet challenging environment. Choose among several exhilarating underground adventures at Waitomo Caves. Accompanied by an expert guide, you can go cave tubing among glowworms, rappel down into the labyrinth, or do both. Prepare for a one-of-a-kind tour with an option to suit any adventurous spirit. Travel round-trip from either Auckland or Rotorua, with hotel pickup available.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Waitomo Glowworm Tour at Footwhistle Cave

Take a CaveWorld tour of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, part of an extensive cave system in Waitomo. An informative guide leads your small group past stalactites and stalagmites to a candlelit cavern glowing with the tiny lights of glowworms. See the stunning rock formations of Te Anaroa Cathedral and view the bones of an ancient moa during your 1-hour tour of this subterranean marvel. Numbers are limited to 13 people to ensure personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Discover the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island, from Rotorua’s geothermal pools and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set. On this 2-day coach tour from Auckland, you’ll experience ancient Maori traditions with a ‘hangi’ dinner, the filmmaking history of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ a duck tour and a visit to the Agrodome. Enjoy standard (3 star hotel) or superior (4 star hotel) overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are among the most visited attractions of New Zealand’s North Island and Ruakuri Cave is the longest of the underground caves. Explore the magnificent cave on this 75-minute guided walking tour and marvel at the unique rock formations, subterranean rivers, and thousands of glittering glowworms.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Rotorua to Auckland Transfer with Waitomo Glowworms

Make the most of your trip from Rotorua to Auckland with a tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a fascinating network of flooded caverns lit by bioluminescent glowworms. You’ll travel by comfortable minibus from your hotel in Rotorua to your centrally-located Auckland hotel, pausing in Waitomo for a boat tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. This 6-hour tour includes all transport and entrance fees, and it’s limited to 15 people for a more personal experience.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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1-Hour Guided Aranui Cave Tour

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are among the most visited attractions of New Zealand’s North Island and Aranui Cave is renowned for its fascinating Maori history. Explore the magnificent cave on this 1-hour guided walking tour and marvel at its unique rock formations, colony of cave wetas, and natural setting at the heart of the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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