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Spellbound and Te Ana o Te Atua Caves

Spellbound and Te Ana o Te Atua Caves Review

This tour explores Spellbound and Te Ana o te Atua caves, two different underground experiences, and takes a short, scenic walk in the countryside. At Spellbound, a gentle raft floats through a glowworm chamber that has been filmed by Sir David Attenborough for the BBC. Te Ana o te Atua (Cave of the Spirit) has been known to the Ngati Kinohaku people for centuries, and features limestone formations, fossils, and bones. The 3½-hour tour includes tea and coffee and is limited to 12 people. Tours (advance booking advised) leave from the distinctive Spellbound Tower, at the entrance to Waitomo Village.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Waitomo Caves Rd., Waitomo Village, Waitomo, 3977 | Map It
  • Phone: 0800/773–552
  • Cost: Tours NZ$73
  • Hours: Tours: May and July–Aug., daily one or two trips depending on demand; Sept.–Apr. at 10, 11, 2, and 3, plus extra trip if demand
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  • Location: Waitomo
Updated: 02-18-2014

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