Waitomo – Visit the Spellbound Glowworm Caves to enjoy Waitomo’s biggest and brightest glowworm show. Experience two wonderful caves softly lit by 30,000 glowworms in the Mangawhitiakau cave system, 12km south of Waitomo. Drift slowly through the first cave where you will be rewarded with the soft glow of many of thousands of glowworms, enough to gently light up an entire cave. Walk through Cave of the Spirit, a lovely succession of chambers to find speleothems, fossil remains of extinct moa and cathedrals filled with natural light, softly falling to the floor. You will have, 1 guide, 2 caves to visit and up to 12 people. Lots of time is taken so you can truly enjoy one of nature’s greatest light spectacles.
One cave tour to see the Glowworms up close then Drift slowly through our glowworm cave by raft on flat water where you will be rewarded with enough glowworms to gently light up the entire cave
Price: $60 per person – Child $21 pp (under 14)
Tours Depart: 9:40 & 1:40 Bookings essential
Duration: 85 Minutes.
Group Size: 12 people maximum
Note – This is the same as our explorer option, but with pickup and return from the Waitomo Village
Price: $75 per person – Child $26 pp (Group discount on 9 to 12 pax)
Tours Depart: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm (From Waitomo Village)
Duration: 3 ¼ hours. Bookings essential
Group Size: 12 people maximum
In the first cave, see glowworms close up to discover their real identities. Then board a raft to experience a spellbinding drift down the mysterious cave river. Sit beneath the closest, densest and most sweeping glowworm display you could wish for.
Our second cave is approached via a scenic gorge path retracing a lost river. At the cave we turn on soft lighting and introduce you to the ancient world of the Cave of the Spirit. Be prepared to be surprised by this cave.
Our Most Popular Tour
2 cave tour starting at our new visitor centre (334 Boddies Rd. Oparure, Te Kuiti) – Take a 5 minute ride, then 5 minute walk in the Waitomo countryside to visit our Glowworm Cave. The highlight is boat ride with spectacular glowworms.Then continue , walking through an ancient river gorge to Te Ana o te Atua , the cave of the Spirit. Inside , be impressed by its limestone formations, fossils and spectacular views to the sky through tomo( sinkholes) also includes tea/coffee refreshment stop between the 2 cave visits.
This option includes the Essential tour, plus Spirit cave, plus refreshments.
Booking ahead is recommended because we can be very quiet or very busy!!
Over the last 2 years we have had many requests for private exclusive photo tours, it is possible to request one, however this is a more affordable way to do a photography tour. Join in with a few others (maximum 6 people). You must have a tripod and a camera, with equipment suitable to use in low light.
You also need to be familiar with the functions of your particular camera too achieve this – A typical Glowworm shot would be 30 seconds f4, Iso 6400 , depending how much extra reflections you like in your picture.
You must bring spare batteries and memory cards as there is nothing available at the site.
You also must feel confident focusing your camera in very low light conditions. Your guide will be able to recommend the best places to setup, and assist if necessary.
Bring a warm top or jacket, walking shoes (trainers) and your camera. If you have any questions about visiting our caves, please contact us for more information. We do like to know about any fitness issues or injuries which may affect you during your tour, then we can give you a good indication if our tour will be suitable for you
Freephone: 0800 773 552