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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour with Grotto Boat Ride

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Your guided tour will take you through over 250 meters of stunning underground scenery commencing with the impressive Cathedral.

Highlights
  • Visit one of the best known habitats for the Arachnocampa luminosa - glowworms unique to New Zealand
  • Marvel at the rock formations and learn about the Caves' historical and geological significance
  • Take a boat ride along the underground Waitomo River under thousands of glowworms through the magical the Glowworm Grotto

Description

Your guided tour will take you through over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery commencing with the impressive Cathedral. The acoustics in this particular cavern are world-renowned. Acclaimed New Zealand Diva, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, has sung here and was delighted with the purity of the sound. Your tour begins at the upper entrance of the cave and proceeds along a low narrow passage to the Tomo, a deep limestone shaft.

Your experienced tour guide will deliver a highly informative commentary about the formations and the history of the area. The highlight of your tour is an unrivalled boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto.

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 glowworm 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.

Please note

  • Children below 4 years old are free of charge.

  • Family Pass is for 2 adults and 2 children.

  • Bring comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket.

  • This tour operates with a maximum group size of 50 persons.

  • The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are accessible to those with reasonable mobility, with good handrails and paths.

  • No smoking, photography (including video), food or pets are permitted inside the caves.

Includes

  • Glowworm cave boat ride

  • English-speaking guide
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour with Grotto Boat Ride

Available: Daily
Inclusions: Glowworm cave boat ride / English-speaking guide
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Location and direction

Meeting Point:

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Center

Alternative Meeting Point:

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Departure Times:

Daily between 09:30 - 17:00 with departures every 30 minutes.
Daily between 09:00 - 17:30 with departures every 30 minutes. (Oct 23, 2017 to April 2, 2018)

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes.

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • Photography and video recording are not permitted inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

  • Smoking, bringing of food, drinks or pets are not permitted inside the caves.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Proof of age for children between ages 4 and 14 years old.

  • Walking shoes

  • Sweatshirt / light jacket

Additional Note(s)
  • A complimentary shuttle bus runs, however due to limited capacity during peak season may require some customers to self-drive to the cave entrance, 5 kilometers from the visitor center.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made between 1 business days (09:00:00 local time) to business days (09:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made after the booking confirmation date will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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