Glowworm Cave Tours

Hidden beneath the rolling green countryside of the Waikato region in New Zealand’s North Island lies the awe-inspiring underground cave system of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Take a guided tour of Waitomo Caves for an unforgettable experience, exploring stunning underground scenery including majestic caverns, limestone shafts, stalactites and stalagmites.

Gaze at the myriad of glowworm lights that make up the Waitomo Caves Glowworm Grotto as you glide beneath in a boat. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you’ll be fascinated and intrigued by the glowworms that light your way.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves tours operate year-round from Auckland and Rotorua and are suitable for all ages and abilities. For the more adventurous, try a black water rafting adventure in the neighbouring Ruakuri Cave.

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16 Day Tours to experience

MUST-SEE
Visit the home of hobbits and glowworms on a magical full day tour from Auckland.
  • 11 hours
  • Full Day Tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set guided tour
  • Includes lunch
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour

from $378 NZD

MUST-SEE
Nestled in the central North Island are some of New Zealand's most famous scenic attractions: Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the fascinating city of Rotorua, famed for its geothermal wonders.
  • 12 hours 40 minutes
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour
  • Agrodome farm tour & sheep show
  • Te Puia Māori concert & guided tour
  • Geothermal sights

from $367 NZD

COMBO
Travel north to the substropical Bay of Islands, then explore to the south and see underground caverns, geothermal wonders and Māori culture with this tour combo over two action-packed days.
  • Two-day tour combo
  • 'Hole in the Rock' dolphin watching cruise
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour
  • Rotorua geothermal sights, farm tour & Māori culture

from $462 NZD

From underground caverns lit by glowworms to shooting geysers and spine-tingling Māori song, see the highlights of Waitomo Caves and Rotorua on a day tour from Auckland.
  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour
  • Agrodome farm tour & sheep show
  • Te Puia Māori culture & geothermal valley

from $345 NZD

COMBO
Cruise with the dolphins in the Bay of Islands, then venture underground in Waitomo and see the home of the hobbits on this two-day tour combo.
  • Two-day tour combo
  • Dolphin watching cruise
  • Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Tour of Waitomo Caves

from $473 NZD

Explore an underground world of twinkling glowworms and soaring caverns with a Waitomo Caves day tour from Auckland.
  • 6 hours 45 minutes
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour
  • Glowworm Grotto boat ride

from $271 NZD

See New Zealand's famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with a guided tour, as part of a full-day sightseeing tour from Rotorua to Auckland.
  • 7 hours
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour
  • Glowworm Grotto boat ride

from $266 NZD

Full day sightseeing tour from Auckland to Rotorua, stopping in Waitomo for a guided tour of the amazing Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
  • 6 hours
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour
  • Glowworm Grotto boat ride

from $276 NZD

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See some of the North Island's top attractions all in one day, with a magical Waitomo Caves tour and visits to Te Puia and the Agrodome in Rotorua.
  • 9 hours 15 minutes
  • Top Rotorua sights
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour

from $302 NZD

COMBO
Discover the beauty of the City of Sails with a tour of its scenic highlights, then head into the country for a tour of the fascinating Waitomo Caves and Rotorua's top attractions.
  • Two-day tour combo
  • Auckland City half day tour
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour
  • Rotorua highlights: Agrodome & Te Puia

from $372 NZD

Take a day tour from Rotorua to another must-see North Island destination - the magical Waitomo Caves, with their weird and wonderful rock formations and sparkling glowworms.
  • 5 hours 45 minutes
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour
  • Glowworm Grotto boat ride

from $230 NZD

Travel from Auckland to Rotorua, taking in the Hobbiton Movie Set and the amazing Waitomo Caves.
  • 10 hours 10 minutes
  • Hobbiton guided tour and lunch
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour

from $358 NZD

COMBO
Explore New Zealand's biggest city with a half-day tour of Auckland's top scenic attractions, then walk into the depths of the earth and discover Waitomo Caves.
  • Two-day tour combo
  • Auckland City Sights morning tour
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour

from $276 NZD

COMBO
See the best of Auckland city, then venture south into a land of twinkling glowworms and movie magic.
  • Two-day tour combo
  • Auckland City Sights half-day tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set guided tour
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour

from $383 NZD

MUST-SEE
Take a day trip to the Waitomo Caves for a black water rafting adventure!
  • 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Ruakuri Cave
  • Underground caving/rafting tour
  • Includes lunch

from $316 NZD

Experience the thrill of black water rafting in the Ruakuri Cave
  • 10 hours 40 minutes
  • Ruakuri Cave
  • Underground caving/rafting tour
  • Includes lunch

from $316 NZD

Free cancellation

You'll receive a full refund if you cancel at least 2 hours in advance of your tour experience.