We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-878 8227
09:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

THE WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES World renowned and a magnet for both local and...

THE WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance. Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history. THE BOAT RIDE Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way. RUAKURI CAVE Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to the glowworms. ARUANUI CAVE Aranui Cave is a magical, mystical place that is steeped in Maori myth and legend. Just inside the entrance is a colony of native New Zealand cave wetas and further into the cave is the most beautiful collection of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Waitomo Caves and The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland...
More Info
and up
Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo
More Info
and up
Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 2,944 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1217
  • 763
    Very good
  • 299
  • 113
  • 57
Great for the whole family

Very friendly staff walk you through large, open caves. Fascinating to see the lights of the glow worms. End the tour with a short boat ride in the dark where you see more... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Sudbury, Canada
Add Photo Write a Review

2,944 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 2,449: English reviews
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Tour takes about 45 min, but the main highlight - to see the glowworms in the dark is through a short boat ride which last only 10 min.

Thank Christopher T
Belgrade, Serbia
Level Contributor
54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a nice place to visit, however I found it a little bit expensive for what it is... you just go around the caves and listen to the history of them and then you enter a boat and in silence you pass thru the shinny warms in the ceiling... and that's it! They don't let you to take pictures!

Thank Ana S
Sudbury, Canada
Level Contributor
93 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very friendly staff walk you through large, open caves. Fascinating to see the lights of the glow worms. End the tour with a short boat ride in the dark where you see more bright glow worms. Walk is not long, so fine for elderly. Book ahead of time if possible. We were there in November and still had to wait... More 

Thank Palmsandbeach
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We did a tour of the caves and the a glow worm viewing. To our surprise the tour of Ruakuri caves was so much better than the Glow worm boat trip. Our guide was informative and casual. We were given time to enjoy the caves and take it all in. The boat trip of the glow worms was a tad... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Fort Collins, Colorado
Level Contributor
52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I would definitely suggest planning more than one attraction to visit when you come out this far from the city - Hobbiton, Rotorua, etc. The caves are on Maori land, and the Maori lead the tours. Very knowledgeable about the history of the cave, they are also very proud of it and their heritage associated with it. Be warned -... More 

Thank Snflwrs4hil
Groningen, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
148 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a stroll and boat trip through cave : in 45 min we have seen what we suppose to see concerning glowworms. Do not expect extraordinary experience but to see this nature phenomena is nice and good learning experience

1 Thank erjavec
Rochester, New York
Level Contributor
342 reviews
179 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I really love going in the cave in the wetsuits and seeing the glow worm. A very unique experience for sure. I can and have bungee jumped in many locations but only here in Waitomo have a seen the glow worms and gone "rafting" in the dark. Cant wait to go back Can be quite cold when getting out of... More 

Thank TheTravelPirate
Nuriootpa, Australia
Level Contributor
42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great guides, great location, something different. Did this tour in combination with another, much cheaper that way. My 6 year old coped well with the tours and the large tour group and loved the gloworms at the end of the tour. Would recommend to anyone interested in caves, is a popular tour so could try booking ahead for your preferred... More 

Thank Lindy J
Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Something completely different from any other experience I ever had. Making your ways through the caves was thrilling, and the glow worms at the end make it a spectacuar experience. The guide was amazing: he helped us on the more tricky parts of the caves, gave a lot of information, took pictures and even sang a song at the end.... More 

Thank vdhondt
San Sebastian de los Reyes, Spain
Level Contributor
59 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this tour! I loved the fact the area was kept and run by the Māori people. The tour was nice, quite informative (I have already toured caves) and not rushed. Some people complain a lot about the time, but they don't understand that staying there for any longer would disrupt the environment to a greater extent than now.... More 

Thank Panco4112

Travellers who viewed Waitomo Glowworm Caves also viewed

Waitomo Caves, Waikato Region
Waitomo Caves, Waikato Region

Been to Waitomo Glowworm Caves? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Waitomo Glowworm Caves and other visitors
27 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (27)

Questions? Get answers from Waitomo Glowworm Caves staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?