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Waitomo Glow Worm Caves Express Tour from Auckland

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icon7 hours 54 minutes  (Approx.)
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This day trip from Auckland to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves leaves you to marvel at the shimmering light emitted by tiny glowworms inside New Zealand’s famous caverns. Ride a boat through Glowworm Grotto, where your guide describes the fascinating illuminations. En route, watch the rolling farmland of Waikato pass by and see highlights of the region such as Rangiriri. Afterward, learn more at the Waitomo visitor complex and enjoy an optional picnic lunch.
  • 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 picnic lunch or purchase your own snacks at the café
Cast your gaze upon the starry illumination of tiny glowworms at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, located about a 2-hour drive from Auckland. Start your day trip with morning pickup at your hotel or the bus terminal by comfortable coach. Your driver points out highlights as you soak up the North Island scenery en route to Waitomo.

Travel through the bucolic farmland of the Waikato region and King Country, and see historic Rangiriri — site of an 1863 battle between colonizing British forces and and indigenous Maori.

On arrival at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, embark on a 45-minute tour with a local guide. Follow on foot through the subterranean limestone caverns and discover how the stalagmites and stalactites were formed. A short boat ride glides you through Glowworm Grotto where you can admire thousands of glowworms that illuminate the underground chamber.

After your tour, enjoy lunch (if option selected) or purchase lunch from a limited menu at the on-site cafe. Have free time to spend exploring the exhibits at the visitor center before meeting your coach for the return trip to Auckland.

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The cave tour itself was beautiful...
Marlon C
, Feb 2018
The cave tour itself was beautiful. But I wish I didn't join the tour group as all the buses were rushing us so that people could get to next location. I chose this tour alone with the thought I could spend more time at the caves, but no difference. They just put us on another bus on a schedule
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Disappointing. More time is spent on...
Natasha P
, Feb 2018
Disappointing. More time is spent on the coach than at the attraction. Highly over priced! Save yourself the trouble of a tour and do yourself as you will get far more out of the day that way.
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The glowworm cave is beautiful...
Rachel N
, Jan 2018
The glowworm cave is beautiful. It's a long way out in the middle of nowhere, so I would recommend booking a multi-stop tour.
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Awesome experience but a little more...
gvak4
, Oct 2017
Awesome experience but a little more time at the caves would be great. Felt a little rushed and would like to have stayed a little longer.
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The caves are fantastic. The tour...
Todd S
, Apr 2017
The caves are fantastic. The tour was not. Get great photo ops of fantastical rock formations in the underground chambers - what opportunity? Photos were forbidden in the caves. Have time to explore the Waitomo visitor complex at your leisure - we had about 10 minutes before the bus left. Have the option to pre-book a buffet lunch - lunch was a deli sandwich, apple, and a muffin in a box. In all, 5 hours on a bus to have a 45-minute tour through the caves. Combine this one with other destinations.
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Five hour round trip to find we were...
Michael D
, Mar 2017
Five hour round trip to find we were not able to do the boat ride so 20 minute tour of the caves and wait for the bus to take us back why were we not informed before we started so that we could decide not to go
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We missed the pick-up and emailed...
CYNTHIA J
, Mar 2017
We missed the pick-up and emailed the local tour partner to see if we can be accomodated next day, as we are flying out 2 days after. Local tour partner responded late in the afternoon informng us that their tour is full ntil mar 12, we will be gone by then. Too bad we could not reach viator to help us. We would have wanted to see this tour. So our payment was forfeited. Kinda dampened our vacation, but its our fault, we were late!
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Very beautiful place. Amazing to...
Jennifer C
, Feb 2017
Very beautiful place. Amazing to learn not only about the glow worms but also the history of the caves. Really cool to see the stalagmites that have formed over years and years. Seeing the glow worms is so magical. It's like looking up into space and seeing bright blue stars everywhere. Absolutely no photos allowed inside because it will scare the worms then their lights will go out for sometimes days. Thought the actual boat tour would be longer though, but it just takes you in a circle in one small cave where there's a huge cluster of worms. Still amazing to see, and the surrounding forest is beautiful as well.
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Really good tour, it is a very long...
Jack H
, Nov 2016
Really good tour, it is a very long journey from Auckland though. The bus driver going was good however the one on the way back was boring.... the tour I found was very expensive for a 45min tour!
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Such a great trip! The bus ride to...
Bonnie S
, Jul 2016
Such a great trip! The bus ride to Waitomo is very scenic. Loved the glowworm caves--the glowworms are so cool!

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