Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Glowworm, Ruakuri & Aranui Triple Cave Experience

Waitomo Glowworm & Ruakuri Twin Cave Experience

Waitomo Glowworm & Aranui Twin Cave Experience

Waitomo Glowworm Cave Experience

Tour Summary

​​Waitomo Caves is one of the must-see natural attractions in the North Island of New Zealand. There’s so much to do! Above ground attractions combine with underground attractions to create Two Landscapes and Twice the Fun! Fresh air, rolling green fields and untouched native forest await, but the real attractions lie out of sight, in the huge cave system.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience top  best North Island destinations in one day on an all-encompassing tour

  • Marvel at awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites during the iconic Glow-worm Caves

  • Be captivated by the thousands of magical glow-worms as you glide silently by boat in the world-famous Waitomo Glow-worm Caves

  • Walk through the Cathedral Cave and experience the amazing acoustics.

  • Immerse yourself in geology and history of the Waitomo caves with the help of a tour guide

  • Witness the history created over thousands of years. 

  • See more glow-worms than you could ever imagine all lighting up above your head!

  • Discover Waitomo’s longest underground guided walking tour as you explore Ruakuri Cave

  • Leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature

  • Marvel at unique rock formations, subterranean rivers, and thousands of glow-worms

  • Go deeper into the story as you descend the dramatic spiral entrance

  • Discover the stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations of Aranui Caves

  • Marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations

  • The delicate formations create a place for quiet contemplation and a time to reflect on the wonders of nature

  • Encounter the Cave Wetas insects that are unique to New Zealand

  • Be amazed by the spectacular scenery en route and listen to engaging commentary from your guide

Tour Inclusion

  • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

  • Admission to fully guided  45 minutes experience Waitomo Glow Worm Cave

  • Boat ride on an underground stream through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

  • Admission to fully guided  75 minutes experience Waitomo Ruakuri Cave

  • Admission to fully guided  75 minutes experience Waitomo Aranui Cave

Tour Description

New Zealand prides itself as one of the few countries in the world with an incredibly wide range of natural resources and wonderful attractions. One of the country’s most unique natural wonders are the famous glow-worm caves.

Taking a road trip to this amazing destination located in the King Country of the Waikato takes about 3 hours when driving south from Auckland. If you love the idea of taking a break from urban life and breezing down the highway surrounded by lush greenery, then a drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves won’t disappoint you.  The longest river in New Zealand, the Waikato, will keep you company along the road.


Glow Worm Cave

Be amazed by thousands of magical glowworms above as you glide silently by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves The enchanting Waitomo Caves have been attracting visitors for more than 120 years, thanks to their incredible limestone formations and luminescent glowworms. The subterranean cave system is located beneath the rolling green countryside of the Waikato, one of New Zealand’s prime farming regions. Your guided Waitomo Caves tour will be an unforgettable sightseeing experience as you walk through majestic caverns, explore limestone shafts, marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites and enjoy a boat ride through a grotto lit by thousands of tiny native glowworms.

Glowworm caves in New Zealand offer visitors the chance to explore dark caves that are lit up by thousands of tiny glowworms (scientifically known as Arachnocampa Luminosa) who shine bright as a way to attract their prey. This natural phenomenon is special, and besides one location in Australia, New Zealand is the only place in the world where glowworm caves exist!


Ruakairi Cave

Offering a captivating blend of the most compelling subterranean experiences (including glowworms), it will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature. Begin the tour by journeying down through the spectacular, man-made spiral entrance, marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries while listening to the distant thunder of subterranean waterfalls. If you want to see glowworms up-close and personal and learn about their fascinating life, then this is the tour for you.


Aranui Cave

Discover the exquisite interior decorations that have to be seen to be believed. The high chambers, magnificent limestone formations and the pale brown, pink and white shades of the huge stalactites in the Aranui Cave are truly spectacular. Almost every corner of the roof and walls are adorned with fragile, sparkling forms in pale brown, pink and white in our most intimate cave system. 

Get the most out of your visit to Discover Waitomo with a package to explore more than one unforgettable cave in Waitomo. Choose between the Most Popular Combo, Twin Cave Combo and Triple Cave Combo for an incredible experience at Discover Waitomo. If you’re looking to boost your cave fix there’s a triple cave combo is the best option.. It means you can also check out Ruakuri Cave by foot (where Black Water Rafting takes place) and the smaller Aranui Cave, Waitomo’s hidden secret with some of the most intricate limestone formations.

Tour Requirements

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

  • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, sun protection, jacket/warm layer, & any essential personal items

  • Easy and good fitness level required

  • This is a guided walking tour and sensible walking footwear is recommended

  • No photography is permitted inside the Waitomo caves, and cameras and Go Pros cannot be taken on the tour.

  • Photography is permitted in Ruakuri Cave  & Aranui Cave, so bring your camera to click the best shots

  • No backpacks or large bags allowed in cave due to delicate formations

  • Please do not touch the formation in the cave as it discoloured easily, please help us protect our cave

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+64 21 026 60993


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