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23 Waitomo Village Rd, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
+64 7-878 6577
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Cave World offer two fantastic tours with the aim to create memorable caving and glowworm experiences for all our customers. Either choose our fun-filled black water rafting adventure Tube It, or bring your family and friends along and join our Footwhistle Glowworm Cave Tour, a relaxed one hour guided walk down through glowworm displays and formations. We are A family-run, locally owned and operated business, Cave World specialises in providing the personal and professional touch on our authentic Waitomo tours, with over 10,000 satisfied visitors experiencing our unique piece of New Zealand each year.
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23 Waitomo Village Rd, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
+64 7-878 6577
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Reviewed yesterday

I've done a few different glow worm experiences and this was my favourite so far. It is pretty cold though!! Be prepared for that. :) Guide was great and informative, and the glow worms inside the cave were plentiful. We did two lots of floating...More

Thank Rita_Z_K
Reviewed 1 week ago

A unique and fun way to experience the caves and glow worms of Waitomo. The guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and funny. Another plus, Cave World is the most cost-effective black-water tubing in Waitomo!!

Thank Yasmin H
Cavew0rld, Front Office Manager at Caveworld, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your kind review Yasmin. It's great to hear you have had a fantastic time cave tubing on our Tube It tour :)

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On way to Rotorua we questioned whether the detour was worth, OMG I'm so glad we did as this was by far the highlight of our trip!! Mama was so awesome & her brother was such a brilliant guide, we loved that this was a...More

Thank Bec_RRR
Cavew0rld, Front Office Manager at Caveworld, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review Bec! We're glad that you appreciated we are a family owned and operated business...also glad that it wasn't too scary for you. Our Tube It tour is more of a 'fun' trip with a few flashes of excitement. We totally...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guides were very fun and helpful. The pace of the whole trip was a bit slower than I expected, but it turned out to be perfect. We had a great time!More

Thank Christa M
Cavew0rld, Front Office Manager at Caveworld, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you Christa for your review. The pace of our Tube It trip is slower than most expect, unlike white water rafting, any black water rafting you choose to do (and there are several fantastic options in our small village) it is generally slower moving...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rich and his sister so friendly, really fun and interesting, great knowledge and great service especially appreciated free hot tea after and being sent the photos for memories (free!)!More

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Cavew0rld, Front Office Manager at Caveworld, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your review. Richmond has been tour guiding in the Waitomo Caves village for over twenty years. He has great knowledge of the area and caves which many of our customers such as yourself appreciate. It's nice to hear you also...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The photos do not do this justice, one of the best experiences I've done in my life. Excellent friendly local family owned and run! We booked this tour as a time filler but it turned out to be the best experience of our trip! Tour...More

Thank Michael O
Cavew0rld, Front Office Manager at Caveworld, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Michael. Thank you for your review. We are honoured you consider our Tube It trip as one of the best experiences you've done in your life :) We can also see why you chose it as a time filler too! Our Tube It tour...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

No need to get wet on this tour! Spectacular caves to explore and knowledgable tour guide added to the experience! The kawakawa tea at the end was an added bonus and delicious! A must do on WaitomoMore

Thank Dasas1
Cavew0rld, Front Office Manager at Caveworld, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Dasas1. Thank you for your review of our Footwhistle Glowworm Cave tour. Our boutique cave tour is perfect for those who prefer to stay dry and still get the feel that you're exploring a cave of beautiful formations and glowworms. Our small family operated...More

Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

The owner and one of the guides of Cave World is incredibly friendly and offers a variety of experiences to explore the caves! People typically think to visit the Waitomo caves alone, but this is a more tight-knit and personalized experience. They also offer an...More

Thank Olivia W
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Helen and I have never been caving / blackwater rafting before, and this was a fantastic experience. Rodney was a great guide, funny and with lots of interesting facts once underground about the glowworms, the cave formation, the fossils/bones found down there. There is a...More

Thank Andy L
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Sent from my iPhone Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience Thank you to Kai who was such an amazing guide so patient and so knowledgeable would totally recommend her We apologise for being so late but was so worth it as our...More

Thank marconkel
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We will be a family of 4 adults vacationing in Rotorua this coming December 14 - 21. We want to experience the Tubing at Caveworld. How early do I need to make reservations? Or can we just get tickets at the gate? Also, I am the only one in my family with a back issue ( spine surgery in 2010 ) and want to know how far does one jump into the cave pool with the tube? and am I jumping with my butt in the tube to land in the water? I really don't want to land on my back. Otherwise, I can just take the walking tour of glow-worm cave. Thanks, Rowena
12 October 2016|
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Response from Mary G | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely book tickets in advance. It's a popular attraction. We didn't book in advance and were very lucky to get a space on the trip. I would contact the vendor about the jump. I remember jumping then having the... More
Kei S
Hello, we would love to do a walking cave tour as we have a 1 year old and are not keen to get into a boat or have to traverse through water in wetsuits. We are both fairly fit and would have the baby in a carrier (not in a stroller or carried in our arms). Is there an option to do this or do all the tours unsuitable to bring a toddler? Thank you.
27 September 2016|
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Response from Mary G | Reviewed this property |
The tour we took was water based-inner tubes, leaping from rocks into pools, etc. I'm sure if you check with the local vendors you might be able to find a tour that better suits your needs.
Riley D
Are tickets required to get in or is it more of a come and go and get a guide if you would like?
23 August 2016|
Response from Cavew0rld | Property representative |
Hi Riley For any cave tours it is advisable to book in advance, at this time of the year one day in advance is usually fine, however in the summer season 3 - 4 days in advance is preferable to ensure that you get the... More