Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

The spectacular Waitomo Glowworm Caves are located just 2 hours south of Auckland and are a world famous attraction in New Zealand. The name Waitomo comes from the Maori words ‘Wai’ meaning water and ‘Tomo’ meaning sinkhole. It is here that you can discover the maze of underground rivers, caves and sinkholes. Visitors can either choose to take a boat ride along the underground river or follow the walk in the caves, in order to view the thousands of magical glowworms that lay above. 

Experienced guides will also offer commentary explaining the historical and geological significance of the caves. These glowworms, scientifically known as Arachnocampa luminosa are well known for the luminous light that they radiate and are unique to New Zealand, making these caves a must see. Within the caves you can also experience the incredible and fascinating limestone formations, crystal tapestries and amazing stalactites.

Waitomo Cave Tours FAQ

Each cave tour takes 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, and the Black Labyrinth- a black water rafting adventure through the cave - will take about 3 hours.

Waitomo Cave itself is the primary glowworm cave of the Waitomo region. It is the main cavern and the busiest attraction. The tours of the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto are run by experienced tour guides who share the cultural and natural history of the cave, while you enjoy the beautiful limestone formations, memorable glowworm displays, and a relaxing boat ride through the grotto. Ruakuri Cave tours offer a longer underground experience with waterfalls and limestone formations. Another option to consider is the Aranui Cave. While it doesn’t have glowworms, it does feature some of the most incredible rock formations in the world, with brown, pink and white limestone stalactites covering the roof.

Yes, you have to be part of a tour to enter any of the Waitomo Caves. Tours depart for each of the nearby caves regularly. Waitomo Glowworm Cave is the most popular and features a boat tour, but there are also options for Ruakuri Cave and the Aranui Caves.
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