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Waitomo Glowworm Caves 45-Minute Experience

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Explore the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a 45-minute guided tour. Glide by boat and marvel at the sight of magical glowworms above you.
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Duration 1 hour
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  • Marvel at the thousands of glowworms as you glide through the caves by boat
  • Learn the history and geology of the caves from a knowledgeable guide
  • Walk through the Cathedral Cave and experience the amazing acoustics
Full description
Embark on a unique subterranean adventure on this 45-minute guided tour of the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

The caves were formed over 30 million years ago and comprise 2 levels. The upper level is dry and includes the entrance to the cave and formations known as the Catacombs, the Pipe Organ and the Banquet Chamber. On the lower level are stream passages and the Cathedral.

Begin on foot as your local guide brings the caves to life with stories about their history. Then, board a boat and marvel at the light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto.
  • Admission ticket
  • 45-minute guided tour
  • Local guide
What’s Not Included
  • Souvenir photos

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Meeting point

39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo, Otorohanga 3940, New Zealand

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
Not allowed
  • Cameras
Know before you go
• No photography is permitted inside the caves, and cameras and GoPros cannot be taken on the tour
• Souvenir photos are available for purchase after your tour
• All tours are subject to availability. Pending available time slots, your tour time may be 15-30 minutes before or after the one you have requested
• Bring comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket
• The caves are accessible to those with reasonable mobility, as there are good handrails and paths. There is no wheelchair access
• Tours depart every half hour from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM, and operate daily except Christmas Day

From US$ 39.27 per person

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THL - Waitomo Caves Group

Product ID: 122921