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Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Rotorua Top 1 in Can't Miss Attractions

4.6/5
493 Reviews
Geological Sites
Liked by 4
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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  • 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)/
  • kimsK4322IS
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    A boat trip with chris

    We loved the 12pm tour with Chris. He was knowledgeable and entertaining which is always a bonus. There are over 100 steps so if you have mobility issues then i would not suggest this cave trip but th...

    Reviewed on /Date(1609155147000+0800)/
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    199chr
    Thames
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    Support NZ tourism

    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)/

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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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