Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Cruises Sightseeing

Discover the magic that has been attracting visitors for over 100 years. The Waitomo glowworm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as your expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance.

Be led through the limestone chambers and passages to see stunning features like the Tomo (a deep shaft that falls away to the darkness below), and the famous 'Cathedral'. The highlight of a visit to the Glowworm Cave is a silent boat trip through the glowworm grotto.

Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Only the gentle sound of dripping water reminds you that you are deep underground and not beneath a star filled sky.

This 1 Day Tour is an ideal addition to your itinerary on your next New Zealand holiday.


  • Glow worms
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Expert commentary
  • 45 minute boat ride


  • Glow worm Cave Tour
  • 45 minute boat ride


Departs: every half hour, daily, between 9am and 5pm (9am to 5.30pm from Labour Weekend to Easter Monday).
Location: Waitomo is 2.5 hours south of Auckland, 1 hour south of Hamilton and 2 hours west of Rotorua. Tour departs from Waitomo Glowworm Caves, situated 8km along Waitomo Caves Road, off State Highway 3 - map.
Duration: approximately 45 minutes

TopAdditional Information

Children: Aged 0-3 years are free of charge. Children aged 4-14 years are at the child rate
General: Early and late tours are less crowded. Strong footwear is recommended
Operated by: Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Te Anau Glowworms Caves