Waitomo Caves

A Galaxy of living lights

Discover moments of magic in Waitomo Glowworm Caves and marvel at Nature’s spectacular display where glistening glow-worms creates a starry wonderland.

Waitomo Caves is one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions for over 130 years. Located in the North Island, the Waitomo Caves are home to‘glowworms’ (Arachnocampa Luminosa), unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do.

Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny luminescent lights in a subterranean world. Whilst in the Waitomo region you can explore three caves by foot; the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave. Each cave is uniquely magical and comes with its own history and culture.

Wonder through the cave and marvel at its tallest chamber, the Cathedral, before embarking on a boat ride through the glow worm grotto. On the boat ride you’ll sit in silence as you take in the magical creatures lighting up the cave above. The tours are made up of two levels. The upper being dry and decorated with stunning, delicate cave formations and the lower level consisting of stream passages, glowworms and the Cathedral, the tallest chamber in the cave.

Many staff employed at the caves today are direct descendants of Chief Tane Tinorau and his wife Huti, who originally explored the cave, bringing the cave to life through story-telling and explaining the history, features and legends of the world-famous cave.

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Phone: +64 7 878 8228 
Mobile: 0800 456 922​ 

39 Waitomo Village Rd,


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