Waitomo Glowworm Caves Overview

The Waitomo glowworm caves are one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions as it involves a boat ride inside a cave that is lit up by glowworms. The ceiling of this cave is lit up by millions of bioluminescent insects, making it one of the best New Zealand tourist places to explore by all exciting souls.

Renowned for its mystical appeal, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves is one of the most bizarre natural marvels and must-visit New Zealand tourist places. These are a fascination for both locals and overseas visitors and feature awesome land and seascapes and unique historical and geological significance.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves are part of a stream way system and comprise Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo Glowworm Cave, and Aranui Cave. The caves are home to a huge population of a glow worm species exclusively found in New Zealand.

Book a boat tour to witness the magical aura, spectacle, and surroundings of the glowworm grotto and be amazed. Choose from one, two, or all three caves for a guided tour or be part of an adrenaline-raising black water rafting experience under the illuminated sky of glow worms.


• Explore this ancient world that took more than 30 million years to make! Over the years, the caves have become a galaxy of living lights.
• Get to experience the whole game which includes two levels – the upper level includes a dry region with delicate and stunning cave formations.
• Discovering the lower level includes stream passages for the boats to go through, glowworms and the cathedral which is renowned to be the tallest chamber in the cave.
• Wonder at the local tales and legends because almost all the guides astride the boats belong to the Maori tribe which is believed to be the original explorers of the cave.

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