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Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Top 1 in Can't Miss Attractions

4.6/5
490 Reviews
Geological Sites
Liked by 3
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 2-3 hours
Address: Waitomo, New Zealand
Phone: +64-7-8788228

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Come and explore the secret world! See limestone and Ride the boat in cave to experience Glowworm!no photos taking during the visting

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    We visited the main Waitomo caves (with the boat) The boat trip was an absolute highlight! It was so peaceful and the glowworms incredible. Covid 19 has obviously hit this area hard which was such a ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1604172191000+0800)/
  • zuchinibee
    zuchinibee
    New Zealand
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    A good attraction

    A very impressive place to visit. It has a bit of everything - cave visit, entertaining stories and a short little boat trip to see the glow worms. It was pleasantly silent and calm as you can’t talk ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1603992904000+0800)/
  • amminc04yu
    amminc04yu
    Auckland, North Island
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    Caves are Ok, don't get the photos.

    We visited 2 cave systems while in Waitomo and the guides were informative and interesting. As no photographs are allowed through the Glow worm grotto whilst on the boat, we had photos taken at the be...

    Reviewed on /Date(1602928110000+0800)/
  • TheRoweTribe
    TheRoweTribe
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    Great family day out

    We did the triple cave combo, absolutely amazing caves, Corey was a fantastic and knowledable guide, family favourite was definately the glow worm cave via boat ride. Meal at cafe at glow wormcave wa...

    Reviewed on /Date(1602084838000+0800)/
  • l0vdagame
    l0vdagame
    Washington DC, District of Columbia
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    Expensive, but worth it

    I did the $55 1 hour tour as I was pressed for time, and while it was expensive for an hour, I still felt it was good value for the money, given the unique experience. The cave was really cool in its ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1601733101000+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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