• Half A Day Duration
  • English
  • Free Cancellation 4 Days Before Use
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • No Transfer
  • Add-ons Optional

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Entry Ticket (Optional Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave)

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Enjoy a fun half day tour in the world-renowned Waitomo Glowworm Caves! 

The glowworm that lives in the Waitomo Caves is unique to New Zealand and thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light against the cave walls. Discover more about the historical and geological significance of the Waitomo Caves as your expert guide leads you through this magical place. Take a boat ride and glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow-worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. Be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way within a serene ambience.

There are two additional caves you can choose to explore - Aranui Cave and Ruakuri Cave. Aranui Cave is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo's three main caves. As a dry cave without a river running through it, it houses very little life past its entrance. However, just inside the entrance is a colony of native New Zealand cave wetas and further into the cave is the most beautiful collection of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations. Ruakuri Cave is New Zealand's longest guided underground walking tour and an experience that must be seen to be believed.

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves opening hours:

  • Summer (1 November - 31 March): 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, tours depart every half hour, last tour starts at 5:30 pm.

  • Winter (1 April - 31 October): 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, tours depart every half hour.

  • Note: Tour departing at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm will be added from 26 December to 31 January.

  • The last tour on Christmas Day is at 4:00 pm.

  • Tour duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Aranui Cave opening hours:

  • 365 days a year, closed on Christmas Day.

  • Tour operate daily at 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm

  • Tour duration: Approximately 1 hour

Ruakuri Cave opening hours:

  • 365 days a year, closed on Christmas Day

  • Daily at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm

  • Tour duration: Approximately 2 hours 

Assembling arrangement:
  • Aranui Cave: 39 Waitomo Caves Road, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves: 39 Waitomo Village Rd, Waitomo Caves, Otorohanga 3943, New Zealand

  • Ruakuri Cave: 205 Ruakuri Rd, Waitomo 3985, New Zealand

Dining arrangement:
  • Restaurant opening time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Child ticket: Ages 4 - 14 years

  • Children under 4 are free.

  • Unfortunately cameras and GoPro's cannot be taken inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. 

  • We recommend you bring comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket.

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

  • Please note that the Waitomo Glowworm Caves do not have wheelchair access. However Ruakuri Cave is wheelchair friendly.

  • You must all check in 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour departure.

  • Please confirm your tour departure time with the supplier. There may be a 15 - 30 minute difference with your booking choice due to availability.

How to Use
Booking information:
  • Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.

  • Please present the voucher on your mobile device on the day of the tour.

  • The supplier's contact details are included on the tour voucher.

Cancellation rules:
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellation or revision made at least 4 days before use.
  • No cancellation or revision within 3 days before use.
  • If you do not show up at the required time, you will be considered to have forfeited your booking and will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Q:May I know if I were to reach at before 6pm. Am I still able to book this tour?
    A:Hi there, thank you for your question. During winter (1 April - 31 October) the last tour for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves departs at 5:00 pm, with tour check-in 30 minutes prior. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, June.
  • Q:Please adv recommended period (month) of travel to the gloworm caves, lord of the rings locations, hobbit movie set.
    A:Hi there, thank you for your question. Tours operate all year round, excluding Christmas Day and some public holidays, and in all weather conditions. We will confirm your booking date with the operator after you make the booking. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, June.

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