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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

4.6/5
498 Reviews
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Recommended Sightseeing Time: 2-3 hours
Address: Waitomo, New Zealand
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Phone: +64-7-8788228

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The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand.It is known for its population of Arachnocampa luminosa, a glowworm species found exclusively in New Zealand.This cave is part of the waitomo streamway system that includes the Ruakuri Cave, Lucky Strike, and Tumutumu Cave.

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  • CushlaH_13
    CushlaH_13
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    Glow worms and caves stunning

    Our 4 year old daughter loved the glow worm cave tour and boat ride. The tour was an hour but it moved quickly enough that she didn't get bored. Definitely safe for young children to do. Lots of steps...

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  • 663jacquim
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    Exceeded expectations

    NZ do this tour while there are no cruise ships etc. The guide was so knowledgeable March 1 at 1000. The glow worms were magical. What a special way to see them in a boat with only 5 tourists.

    Reviewed on /Date(1614538909000+0800)/
  • skibabe74
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    Well worth a visit!

    We’ve just been to the caves, first time for me and my kids. It’s really well set up, with gentle walking paths through the caves and su toe lighting for the first part. Our guide Shaunie was lovely, ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1611745519000+0800)/
  • larissakal
    larissakal
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    Awesome

    Great, fun tour. Fun for everyone. Definitely recommend doing a combo tour and seeing other caves/doing other tours while in the area.

    Reviewed on /Date(1610613906000+0800)/
  • philw828
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    Appreciated Educational tour

    Having lived our whole lives in NZ and never ever having done this tour this was so worth it. Our guide is a local with genetic links to the original founders of the caves. The information provide...

    Reviewed on /Date(1609744162000+0800)/

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Introduction

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves is a limestone cave group in the western mountains of New Zealand's North Island; it is a famous New Zealand scenic spot. In the Maori language, Waitomo means "surrounded by green waters." The caves consists mainly of three distinct caves, the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, the Ruakuri Cave and the Aranui Cave. The Waitomo Glowworm Cave is a stalactite cave. The Cathedral Cavern inside the cave is especially well known for its echo. The Ruakuri Cave is an underground cave where visitors can hear the musical sounds of an underground waterfall. The entrance to the Aranui Cave is also the visitor center. The membrane structured arch here is very magnificent.
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