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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour with Optional Ruakuri Cave Tour

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Discover a moment of magic under the luminescent light in Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Explore an ancient world hidden away in New Zealand's unique, natural beauty.


  • Enjoy a slow-paced 45-minute tour through 250 meters of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, exploring the ancient dual-level system.

  • Witness tiny creatures creating a celestial galaxy in the Glowworm Grotto with their radiant luminescence.

  • Walk through the upper chamber of the 30-million-year-old cave system, then sail through the lower level encountering glowworms and the Cathedral.

  • Discover the cave's history, features, and legends with Maori chief descendants, who bring it to life through storytelling.

  • Care to explore more of this glowing haven? Opt for the 1.5-hour Ruakuri Caves tour, the longest underground walking experience available in this cave system.

  • Did you know? Glowworms found in New Zealand's Waitomo Caves are a unique species, and cannot be found anywhere else in the world!


  • Maori descendant expert tour guide

  • Small group tour

  • 45-minute tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves (optional)

  • Boat ride along Waitomo River (optional)

  • Guided walk inside Waitomo Grotto (optional)

  • Extended 1.5-hour guided walking tour of Ruakuri Cave (optional)

  • Exclusive access to deeper and untouched areas of the cave (optional)

  • Access to Holdens Cavern, the Drum Passage, the Pretties & the Ghost Passage (optional)

  • Up close views of glowworms, stalagmites & stalactites (optional)

  • Entry & exit through the grand spiral staircase (optional)

Note: The inclusions may vary depending on the package you select during the next step of your booking.

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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  • Australia
  • United States
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • Taiwan
  • France
  • Canada
  • Switzerland
  • Singapore
  • Czech Republic
Guests from Australia, United States, Germany and over 20 countries have loved this experience
Lydene Pain



Apr, 2024

We had a great informative guide who had a great sense of humour. Can't remember his name though. But he took us for the Ruakuri Tour at 1:30pm on Thurs 18th April. Loved learning about the different natural structures down there and how they were formed. A well structured walkway/path. Loved the glow worms and learning about them and their life cycle too. Highly recommended trip.
Henriette De Groot



Apr, 2024

I absolutely loved the guided tour but the little boats under the glow worms very very special. Booking was super simple.
Laura Andrews



Apr, 2024

My friend and I had a fantastic time of the Ruakuri caves tour. Our guide Pippin was fantastic. She showed passion, enthusiasm and a personal connection to the cave whcih made the tour really engaging. Highly recommend this experience.
Sobina Gurung



Apr, 2024

It's was our first time in waitamo caves and we love it with family . We love to have more time in boating . The tour guide was experienced loved her voice singing . Will come again 💕💕💕
Hauvuy Nicolas



Apr, 2024

What my family and I loved was the quality of the speakers, the beauty of the rocks, the preservation of this incredible site and the glow worms, which simply amazed our children.

Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Join this 45-minute guided tour of one of New Zealand's best natural attractions. See the ancient limestone formations and the tiny glowworms lighting up the caves.

Your guide, a Maori descendant, will narrate legends and stories, enhancing your understanding of the caves' sacredness in Maori culture. Explore a 30-million-year-old landscape, learning about the glowworms' unique biology and their bioluminescence. The tour covers 2 levels of the caves: the dry upper level, showcasing delicate cave formations, and the lower level, featuring stream passages and the majestic Cathedral, the cave's tallest chamber.

Marvel at upper chamber carvings

Before setting sail, explore the upper chamber of the caves by foot. Here, you'll witness limestone formations, carved over millennia into stalactites, stalagmites, and intricate columns. Walking in the upper chamber offers a chance to appreciate the artistic mastery of nature in sculpting these delicate structures.

Sail through the Glowworm Grotto

The tour's highlight is a slow-paced boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto. As you glide along the water, you will see thousands of glowworms shining their blue-green light on the cave ceiling. Experience a magical atmosphere as you witness a galaxy of tiny living lights. These glowworms, known as Archanocampa Luminosa, are unique to New Zealand and make the Waitomo Glowworm Caves a must-see attraction.

What's not allowed

  • Photography is permitted in designated areas of the Ruakuri Caves. However, in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, photography is strictly prohibited.


  • Ruakuri Caves are accessible for wheelchair users, in contrast to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves which are accessible to those with reasonable mobility.

Additional information

  • It's recommended to wear a warm jacket along with comfortable shoes.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

Meeting point

  • Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.
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