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Waitomo Caves Tours and Tickets

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With dramatic limestone formations, gigantic stalactites and stalagmites, and subterranean river, New Zealand's Waitomo Caves hold adventure at every turn. This network of underground caverns is one of the best places in New Zealand to spot glowworms, and the glittering creatures provide a magical backdrop to the caves' natural wonders.

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

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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.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$31.78
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Day Trip from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Day Trip from Auckland

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Visit a pair of New Zealand's must-see attractions with this combo tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Peek into Hobbit Holes, frolic in the Shire, and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a guided tour of Middle-earth, followed by a Kiwi-style lunch. In the afternoon, explore Maori myths and history on a boat ride through mesmerizing caves lit by thousands of glowworms, and finish with a drive through some of the North Island’s most majestic scenery.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$179.12
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Black Water Rafting Experience Waitomo Caves Tour
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Black Water Rafting Experience Waitomo Caves Tour

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Go Waitomo black-water rafting (cave tubing) for a memorable adventure in the Waitomo Caves. Choose a 3-hour Labyrinth experience that takes you floating underground on an inner tube, including a small waterfall jump. Or upgrade to the 5-hour Black Abyss for an exhilarating abseil (rappel) down limestone walls; instruction and equipment included. The resident glowworms, stalactites and stalagmites will amaze you! Finish with a hot shower, soup and bagel.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$86.67
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

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The fictional, yet globally famous, village of Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves rank among the most popular sites of interest in New Zealand. On this tour, visit both sites in one day—see the home of Bilbo Baggins and explore Waitomo’s subterranean caverns—and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 12 people.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$192.99
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Waitomo Caves Adventure from Auckland or Rotorua

Waitomo Caves Adventure from Auckland or Rotorua

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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.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$225.35
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Small-Group Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour with Lunch from Auckland
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Small-Group Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour with Lunch from Auckland

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The Hobbiton movie set and the Waitomo glow-worm caves are two of the most popular attractions on New Zealand’s North Island. Visit both in one day and enjoy a more personalized experience on this small-group tour. Discover behind-the-scenes of the legendary LOTR films during a guided tour of Hobbiton, then cruise the underground river of the Waitomo Caves, beneath a glittering canopy of glow worms.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$213.79
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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

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Cover plenty of ground in one day by combining several North Island highlights: Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, and Rotorua. Ride a boat through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to see these radiant lights. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, where you find the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the home of Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Enjoy lunch at Te Puia, home to Pohutu Geyser. You can start and finish your tour in either Auckland or Rotorua, traveling one-way or round-trip.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Waitomo Glow Worm Cave & Ruakuri Cave & Aranui Cave Tours From Auckland

Waitomo Glow Worm Cave & Ruakuri Cave & Aranui Cave Tours From Auckland

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Visit the Waitomo Caves on an easy private day trip from Auckland and avoid the hassle of self-driving. Focus on the views rather than the road as you drive south. This tour includes visits to three incredible caves: the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves as well as Ruakuri and Aranui Caves. Be amazed by the twinkling lights of the glowworms and the natural cave formations.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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US$320.67
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Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Take in two of New Zealand’s top attractions in one day on this Rotorua and Waitomo Caves day trip from Auckland. Visit Rotorua with a guide and take in key sites including Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. After lunch, admire fine views over Lake Rotorua on route to the famous Waitomo Caves. During your boat ride, gain insight into the caves’ geological significance and marvel at the luminescent glow worms illuminating the dark caves. Upgrade to include the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland to your small-group tour.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland
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Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland

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The Waitomo Caves and Rotorua rank among New Zealand’s top attractions, offering natural beauty, geothermal features, and native culture in equal measure. Ideal for travelers short on time, this adventurous tour takes in both sites in the same day, with entry fees plus round-trip transport from Auckland included. Discover subterranean stalagmites at the famous Waitomo Caves and hit top Rotorua attractions including the Government Gardens and Lake Rotorua.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland with Accommodation
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2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland with Accommodation

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Combine three of New Zealand’s most popular attractions on this 2-day tour from Auckland. Step into Middle Earth on a tour of the Hobbiton movie set from 'Lord of the Rings,' explore the geothermal landscapes of Rotorua, and cruise through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. This great-value tour includes hotel pickup, some meals, and overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

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Explore one of the North Island’s most impressive natural wonders and see the national symbol of New Zealand on this shore excursion from Tauranga. Walk through the caves to see stalagmites and stalactites before boarding a small boat to the incredible Waitomo Caves, filled with glittering glow-worms. Then visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House to learn more about the native birds. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

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Experience two of New Zealand's top attractions in one day. Travel on a small-group tour from Rotorua to Waitomo Glowworm Caves where an official guide explains the natural features. Then explore the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set, and hear behind-the-scenes stories from “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. Visit Bilbo’s hobbit hole and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Tour: Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Private Tour: Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Visit Waitomo Caves and get acquainted with Auckland, the so-called ‘City of Sails,’ on this private, full-day tour. After a panoramic tour of New Zealand’s largest city, you’ll be whisked away, past rolling hills, farmland and the Waikato River, to Waitomo Caves. Tour the cave network and learn about its history from your guide, then get up close to the glowworms during a magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto. This tour includes the services of your own personal guide and private vehicle.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour incl BBQ Buffet Lunch from Auckland
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour incl BBQ Buffet Lunch from Auckland

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Experience two of the North Island’s highlights the easy way on a day trip from Auckland. After a handy CBD hotel pickup, head to the Hobbiton film set, where you’ll learn all about The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Continue to the Waitomo Caves and be amazed by the underground caverns of twinkling glowworms. Take it all in without the stress of having to drive yourself.
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  • 12 hours
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

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Spend the day exploring the Waitomo Glowworm caves on this excursion from Auckland. With round-trip transportation provided, you'll have no need to rent a car or puzzle over directions. This must-see attraction is an easy day trip with a thoughtfully-curated itinerary and lots of in-depth commentary from your guide about the biology and behavior of one of New Zealand's most famous natural phenomena.
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  • 8 hours
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3-Day Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo Tour from Auckland

3-Day Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo Tour from Auckland

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Discover the North Island on a 3-day guided coach tour, traveling round-trip from Auckland. Experience the magical luminescence of thousands of glowworms during an underground boat ride at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. In Rotorua, visit the Agrodome and experience geothermal wonders like Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia, then learn about Maori traditions with a cultural performance. Enjoy sightseeing at the picturesque lakeside setting of Taupo including its top attraction: Huka Falls. Two nights’ accommodation with hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 3 days
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Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour (One Way)
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Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour (One Way)

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This convenient day trip visits two of the North Island’s most popular attractions from Auckland in a single day, which would be difficult if traveling independently. The small-group, fully guided mini-bus tour takes you to several natural wonders, such as rivers, natural geothermal pools, and glow-worm caves. Your guide will tell you all about the natural and cultural history, to help you better understand what you’re seeing.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Small Group Tour - EX Auckland
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Small Group Tour - EX Auckland

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Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glow Worm Cave on this full-day tour from Auckland. Experience an important Middle-earth and ‘Lord of the Rings’ location on the guided tour of Hobbiton, and sip a refreshment at The Green Dragon Inn. Afterward, take in the twinkling light of glow worms at Waitomo. Ensure your admission to two of New Zealand’s top destinations by booking this tour in advance.
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  • 12 hours
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Private chauffeured Tour of Waitomo Caves

Private chauffeured Tour of Waitomo Caves

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour to Waitomo Caves. Your dedicated guide will lead you around the caves, home to thousands of glowworms. Learn about the glowworms biology and behavior through your guide's commentary, then explore the scenic reserve's free walking tracks, lush green hills, and pristine rivers.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rotorua to Auckland Afternoon Transfer with Waitomo Glow Worms
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Rotorua to Auckland Afternoon Transfer with Waitomo Glow Worms

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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.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo 2-Day Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo 2-Day Small Group Tour from Auckland

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Get an early start from Auckland to access some of the best sites in the central North Island. Absorb the dark glitter of the Waitomo Caves, the pint-size houses of the set of The Hobbit at 'Hobbiton', and the bubbling geothermal activity of Rotorua and Taupo. Overnight accommodation is sorted for you and the drive goes much quicker with the on board commentary.
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  • 2 days
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Waitomo Glowworm Cave Experience
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Waitomo Glowworm Cave Experience

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The day tour is the easy way to visit the Waitomo Caves from Auckland. Save yourself the hassle of self-driving the 2.5-hour trip on a small-group guided tour. Admire the glowworms, stalagmites, and stalactites of the glowworm cave, go on an underground boat ride, walk through Cathedral Cave, and learn all about the history and geology of the natural marvel.
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  • 8 hours
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5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Tour

5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Tour

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Journey by coach, ferry and railway from the North Island to the South Island of New Zealand during this 5-day trip from Auckland to Christchurch, or vice versa. Ride a boat into the Waitomo Glowworm Caves; see the geothermal wonderland at Te Pua and the Agrodome Sheep Show in Rotorua; take the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait from Wellington; and hop on a Coastal Pacific train from Picton to Kaikoura, where you’ll watch giant sperm whales at play. Enjoy overnight accommodation in Rotorua, Wellington and Kaikoura.
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  • 5 days
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Waitomo Caves hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.